Sharing Insights from the latest research about knee pain? Susie writes:
You might have seen a recent publicity campaign talking about the use of Exercise as a way of combating pain and excessive reliance on medication.
We’re not surprised, as we see people benefit from targeted exercise prescription every day.
Many studies are now showing evidence that regular specific exercise benefits people, especially under supervision of a physiotherapist and exercise therapists.
Recent studies of groups of people in Denmark, suffering knee and hip osteoarthritis, showed benefits including pain relief and physical function improvements.
When I looked at the exercises offered in these groups, they seemed very similar to the exercises we give to people with similar issues.
We have the added incentive of low impact leg work on reformers and other Pilates equipment.
I often tape a person’s knee for exercise in the short term. This is to take pressure off sensitive, irritated fat pads near the knee, so exercise can progress pain free.
Exercise helps you maintain joint range of movement, stretch tight muscles and build strength. Regular specific abdominal, gluteal and quadriceps strengthening exercises are important.
Australian research shows that even minor increases in quadriceps strength (front thigh muscle) can reduce knee pain and help reduce progression of knee osteoarthritis.
This also applied to people with severe knee cartilage loss, waiting for knee replacement operation benefited from exercise, some delaying their operation time by over 12 months.
Knee pain in younger woman especially is highly correlated with lateral hip muscle weakness.
Other advise about preventing knee pain is concerned with weight loss, checking leg and foot alignment and avoiding movements that irritate the joint eg. Full knee squat or kneeling on the fat pad under the knee cap.
We would be happy to help you devise the most effective program for you to manage any knee pain, so you can achieve your goals for a GOOD pain free life!