A quick Google search for "knee arthritis" brings up about 29,500,000 results in a fraction of a second. The Arthritis Foundation offers 25 treatments for Hip and Knee Arthritis...and 10 of them are medications!! Wow. But at the top of the list is exercise! No pill required.
While exercise is great, we should be able to be more specific on what can help. A further look into the research shows that hip strength is one of the biggest culprits of knee OA.
Hip strength...it could really be just that simple...
A research article in this month's copy of the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy looked at 5 different studies with 237 people and found "moderate" hip abductor (glute) strength deficits in people with knee osteoarthritis.
So what to do? Yes...nice, easy, specific, and effective hip strenghtening exercises.
Want to see a great video from Aaron Swanson, DPT, that covers these exercises in more depth? Aaron has a band around his knees in all of them. If you need a band, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can make it happen!
Sufficient shoulder mobility is important to minimize injury to the shoulder (obviously), but also the neck, spine, and entire arm. We are constantly checking the 2 below motions on patients who come to with any issue from the waist up; anything ranging from headaches to carpal tunnel.
If you notice one side is limited and/or painful compared to the other side, give us a call and see how we may be able to help.
Check out this great 5 minute video on various shoulder mobility exercises. It was created by Dan Pope, a physical therapist who has many great posts (@ www.fitnesspainfree.com). I figure a guy that looks like Aaron Rodgers and has a better body than me is better suited to make a YouTube video for this sort of thing. Check it out!
The therapists at SRVPT have a variety of backgrounds and are interested in sharing our knowledge with you! Check out their bios for more specific information.