Strong Quads and Hamstrings Keep Osteoarthritic Knees Happy!

picture of knee pain due to osteoarthritis

Inconvenienced by knee pain due to osteoarthritis? Osteoarthritis of the knee in Eugene is not uncommon, and Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic helps many patients deal with it. We chiropractic physicians know about body mechanics!

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease that exposes people to disability as they age. As a matter of fact, nearly one in two people will develop knee osteoarthritis in their lifetime. (1) Osteoarthritis is the breakdown of cartilage in nearly any joint in the body, but the spine, knees and hips seems to be the most often affected. Wonder why? They do the most motion.

In our chiropractic practice, Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic may see more women than men with this condition of osteoarthritis of the knee, but men will encounter osteoarthritis of the knee as well. The knee is the largest joint in the body and is heavily used. Some of the chiropractic treatments we may recommend are knee exercises for osteoarthritis treatment and prevention. Don't do any of them until we chat, but these may benefit you.

Two major muscles that control knee motion are the quadriceps (above and in front of the knee) and the hamstrings (three of them that run down the back to the side of knee). Stretch and strengthen those, keep your knees - and your back! - happy.(2,3)

Osteoarthritis Knee Exercise #1 - Quadriceps Stretch

  • Hold the back of a chair. Keep your knees together and back straight. Pull your foot to your hip with your hand. Hold for up to 30 seconds. Relax and repeat up to 5 times on each side.

Osteoarthritis Knee Exercise #2 - Knee Extension to Strengthen the Quadriceps

  • Sitting with your leg straight (on a bed or sofa), put a small pillow under your knee. Slowly lift your lower leg up and down. The key is to do this slowly. You'll notice your leg will quiver. Start with just a few repetitions. The more you do this exercise, the less you will notice your leg shake.

Osteoarthritis Knee Exercise #3 – Hamstring Stretch

Osteoarthritis of the knee may pester your daily activities, but Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic is convinced that the combined efforts of our Eugene chiropractic care and your performance of some exercise and possibly nutrition for osteoarthritis will get you feeling better and moving less painfully around Eugene.

Review these articles about osteoarthritis of the knee, then contact Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic to set up an appointment to start your chiropractic treatment plan for knee osteoarthritis pain relief today.

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