Osteoarthritis of the knee is a progressive disease that causes inflammation and degeneration of the knee joint that worsens over time. It is known to affect the entire joint, including the bone, cartilage, ligament, as well as the muscle. Its progression is influenced by age, body mass index, bone structure, genetics, strength, and activity level. In some cases, it is known to have developed as a secondary condition following a traumatic knee injury. Depending on the stage of the disease and whether there are associated injuries or conditions, knee osteoarthritis can be managed with physical therapy, though more severe or advanced cases may require surgery
Symptoms of Osteoarthritis Arthritis may include:
Common passive treatments include
The Hamstring Stretch
Stretching improves range of motion and keeps you limber. To get the most out of your stretches, warm up with a 5-minute walk.
- Lie down and stretch your body.
- Loop a bed sheet around your right foot.
- Use the sheet to help pull the straight leg up and stretch it.
- Hold for 20 seconds, then lower the leg.
- Repeat twice.
- Then, switch legs.
Heel Raise- Stand tall and hold the back of a chair for support.
- Lift your heels off the ground and rise up on the toes of both feet.
- Hold for 3 seconds. Slowly lower both heels to the ground.
- Do two sets of 10 repetitions.
If you find this hard to do, feel free to do the same while sitting in a chair.
If your pain persists, do not hesitate in paying a visit to your health practitioner for his opinions on your treatment.