Osteoarthritis of the knee
Osteoarthritis of the knee is one of the most common musculoskeletal problems and mainly affects the elderly population, but that does not mean that patients should stop light physical activity, ie movement, remind German orthopedic specialists.
They warn that too little exercise in people struggling with this disease can reduce the production of fluid around the joints, worsening the condition.
Characteristic symptoms of osteoarthritis are pain, swelling, and decreased knee mobility.
Active life is of crucial importance for the positive course of the disease, and in no case should you give up a sedentary lifestyle.
People who suffer from arthritis of the knee know how to give in to the pressure of this disease and avoid things they used to do with ease, so they no longer go for walks, do not do sports, and want to tie their movements to home.
The more active the patient, the better he will feel and walk faster, and even a small increase in activity is associated with better walking.
Despite the pain and stiffness of the joints, that should motivate people to move, experts from the German Association of Orthopedists and Orthopedic Surgeons (DGOOC) believe.
According to their assessment, it would be ideal to practice at least twice a week for between 30 and 40 minutes.
The best form of exercise is light physical activity during which the joints move evenly. Examples include Nordic walking, cycling, aqua aerobics or Nordic skiing.
We should not forget that moderate physical activity is good for overcoming fatigue and depression.
Sports activities that involve sudden movements or change of direction should be avoided, experts from DGOOC recommend.