Osteoarthritis of the Knee: How to Recover?

Osteoarthritis of the Knee: How to Recover?

Symptoms of osteoarthritis of the knee can be relieved through exercise, but the biggest challenge is to find the proper balance of maintaining muscle strength and joint health without aggravating symptoms.

Osteoarthritis of the knee often occurs after injury. For instance, footballers often suffer OA after several years of knee injuries.

Osteoarthritis of the Knee
Swimming is great rehab exercise.

How long does recovery take?

Typically, osteoarthritis of the knee is a condition that demands a level of continuous management. Active recovery is the most beneficial.

Which are the active recovery techniques to treat the condition?

You need to try different techniques and experiment a little to find the right balance and the appropriate level of exercise that doesn’t make the pain worse or increase swelling. You should strengthen your quads, hamstrings and gluteal muscles, which will help to reduce pressure on the joint and relieve pain.

Along gym-based rehab, you should also do low-impact exercise such as cycling, swimming and similar activities. You can continue running, but under the guidance of a professional.

In general, people opt for short runs, 5 x per week, rather than 2 long runs; in this case, little and often is better. A combination of weight bearing (such as running) and non-weight bearing exercise (such as swimming) is also helpful.

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Written by Kyra Williams

Kyra Williams likes to say in a joke that she preferred running to walking already as a child. Regular running has always been part of her life and she has joined several running events. She loves long runs with her loyal playful companion Vicky, Brittany Spaniel, in the early morning or in the evening.

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