Buffalo, NY Chiropractic Exercise Ideas for Knee Osteoarthritis Management

Numerous people have knee osteoarthritis in one knee or both. That doesn’t cause sufferers to feel any better about it. Disc Centers Of America has some new exercise tips and treatments our Buffalo, NY knee osteoarthritis (KOA) patients will want to try for themselves.

KNEE OSTEOARTHRITIS (KOA): What It Is and How Common It Is

Knee osteoarthritis is aging-related and oh so common! 86 million people globally over the age of 20 were diagnosed with it in 2020. Typically, knee osteoarthritis sufferers feel a loss of knee extensor strength, an increase in the severity of knee pain, and a decline in functional performance. (1) Knee osteoarthritis is the degeneration of cartilage, part of the natural aging process whether we like it or not. Physical activity has demonstrated a positive effect on cartilage structure despite not yet knowing which exercise is best. (2) Disc Centers Of America sees new treatment ideas being published all the time.

KOA TREATMENT:  Your Buffalo, NY chiropractor has it.

A chiropractic treatment approach has shown promise. A trial of treatment based on principles of Cox® flexion distraction decompression for knee osteoarthritis – namely distraction of the knee – reported relief of patient-perceived pain from 7.7 (out of 10) to 1.8 in a mean of 5.3 visits in 3 weeks for 25 patients. (3) Disc Centers Of America can link this treatment (and even some cartilage-supportive nutrition!) with your home-exercise for relief.

KOA TREATMENT: YOU, our Buffalo, NY knee pain patient

Despite the benefits of exercise on KOA is well established, KOA sufferers do not very well keep doing their exercise practice. One study set up an easy-to-follow video set and calendar system that automatically noted when their did the exercises that demonstrated an 82.4% participation rate. Not bad! The patients also shared their noticed satisfaction, pain reduction, and improved physical function. (4) One month-long intervention of unilateral, non-KOA knee extensor strength training resulted in significant improvement in the knee extensor strength of the knee with KOA! This is called “cross education phenomenon.” The enhanced extensor strength and neuromuscular function of the knee with KOA lasted for 3 months. (1) Disc Centers Of America knows a KOA sufferer won’t care which knee is exercised as long as relief is forthcoming! A proposed YOGA (YOGa and strengthening exercise for knee osteoArthritis) study was just described to see how yoga’s mind-body exercise format - recognized as enhancing flexibility, muscle strength, balance and fitness - might reduce the symptoms of knee osteoarthritis and even enhance other outcomes like pain, function, quality of life, gait speed, cost effectiveness, and others. (5) Another study looked into how blood flow restriction with low and high load resistance exercise of the KOA-affected knee changed various blood tests in female patients with unilateral KOA and discovered that markers for skeletal muscle tissues were increased. (6) All these studies on a variety of approaches to manage knee osteoarthritis may hopefully find a way to ease/prevent/better manage this common condition.

CONTACT Disc Centers Of America

Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Luigi Albano on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes relieving chiropractic knee treatment via The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management for patients with KOA.

Schedule your Buffalo, NY chiropractic appointment today. Do you have knee osteoarthritis? Come in for a visit!

Disc Centers Of America shares recent studies regarding the exercise recommendations for knee osteoarthritis relief, even exercising the healthy knee for relief in the painful knee!
 
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