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
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