Managing Osteoarthritis in the knee with core exercises
Its time to refocus our attention on getting fit and healthy! Osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee is a very common and debilitating disease, which can severely impact a person’s quality of life. Risk factors for developing OA include age, gender (women are more prone than men), obesity, genetics, joint injuries, bone deformities, and repeated stress on joints.
There are many different treatment protocols that one can take, ranging from pharmaceutical intervention to surgery however one of the most superior protocols in improving physical function and decreasing pain is to exercise. Exercise is a safe treatment for osteoarthritis and is recommended as a first-line intervention. Prescribed exercises can help in improving your symptoms, range of motion, psychological health, and your quality of life.
The muscle complex known as “the core” includes muscles that control the hip, the pelvic floor muscle, the abdominal muscle group, and the glutes.
Your core also helps to control the position of your trunk and pelvis, which helps optimize the transfer of force down to your lower limbs. The medial compartment of the knee is commonly the most affected part of the knee in the presence of OA. This compartment can also be protected from arthritis progressing with an increased ability to stabilize the hip (or greater core activation) during walking and other exercises.
Studies have found that a combination of strengthening exercises specific for the knee, as well as core activation exercises, can be very beneficial in reducing pain and improving function.
Our physios at Evolve Sports Group are trained in assessing how well you activate, engage with and control your core, as well as being able to assess and treat for symptoms associated with osteoarthritis.
If you are suffering from osteoarthritis or want your core strength assessed and improved, call us today or book online!