Best ways to manage knee pain
Knee pain is often the result of arthritis in the tibiofemoral joint or patellofemoral joint. The best ways to manage arthritis in knees are keep them moving in a pain free manner, support the knee from the ground up, and strengthen.
Pain free activity allows the knee to activate the synovial fluid, the viscous fluid that reduces friction in the joint.
Finding activities that are pain-free is the key. If walking is not painful, it is an option. If walking is painful, then bicycling, walking, and exercising in water that is chest deep are great options.
Supporting the knee from the ground up includes utilizing custom orthotics like Foot Levelers brand that provide stability and proper alignment, soft braces made of ace or neoprene material can also improve proprioception and stability. Strengthening the truck, hip, knee, and ankle will take some of the pressure off the knee joint. Some of the hip muscles also go through the knee joint, making hip strengthening essential for knee stability.
We help active adults get back to exercising, feeling fit, and participating in the activities they love without medications, injections, or surgery.
Catherine Courtney, PT
Specialist Physical Therapist