Scores of people have knee
osteoarthritis in one knee or both. That doesn’t
cause sufferers to feel any better about it. Chiropractic Spine Sports And Rehabilitation has some new exercise tips and
treatments our Tonawanda knee osteoarthritis (KOA) patients will want
KNEE OSTEOARTHRITIS (KOA): What It Is and How Common It Is
Knee osteoarthritis is related to aging
and oh so common! 86 million people around the world
over 20 years old were diagnosed with it in 2020. Typically,
knee osteoarthritis sufferers have a loss of knee
extensor strength, a greater severity of knee pain,
and a decrease in functional performance. (1) Knee
osteoarthritis is the degeneration of cartilage, part of the natural aging
process whether we like it or not. Physical activity has demonstrated a
positive effect on cartilage structure even though just which physical activity
is best has yet to be decided. (2) Chiropractic Spine Sports And Rehabilitation sees
new treatment ideas being studied a lot.
KOA TREATMENT: Your
Tonawanda chiropractor has it.
A chiropractic treatment approach has shown
promise. A trial of Cox® flexion distraction decompression
principled treatment for knee osteoarthritis – that is distraction
of the knee – resulted in relief of patient-perceived pain from
7.7 (out of 10) to 1.8 in a mean of 5.3 visits in 3 weeks for 25 patients. (3) Chiropractic Spine Sports And Rehabilitation
can link this treatment (and even some cartilage-supporting
nutrition!) with your home-exercise for relief.
KOA TREATMENT: YOU, our Tonawanda knee pain patient
Even though the benefits of exercise abound for KOA is well known, KOA
sufferers are not known to continue the exercise practice. One study made an easy-to-follow video series and automated recording calendar
of when they did each video that showed an
82.4% participation rate. Not bad! The patients also shared their
noticed satisfaction, pain reduction, and improved
physical function. (4) One month-long intervention of single
knee, non-KOA knee extensor strength training produced significant improvement in the knee extensor strength of the knee with
KOA! This is called “cross education phenomenon.” The better
extensor strength and neuromuscular function of the knee with KOA lasted for 3 months. (1) Chiropractic Spine Sports And Rehabilitation knows
a KOA sufferer won’t care which knee is exercised as long as there is relief! A proposed YOGA (YOGa and
strengthening exercise for knee osteoArthritis) study was just proposed
to find out if yoga’s mind-body exercise format - recognized as enhancing flexibility, muscle
strength, balance and fitness - might decrease the symptoms of knee
osteoarthritis and even enhance other outcomes like pain,
function, quality of life, gait speed, cost effectiveness, and others. (5) Another
study looked into how blood flow restriction with low
and high load resistance exercise of the KOA-affected knee impacted
various blood tests in female patients with unilateral KOA
and discovered that markers for skeletal muscle tissues were increased.
(6) All these studies on a multitude of approaches
to handle knee osteoarthritis may hopefully find a
way to ease/prevent/better manage this common condition.
CONTACT Chiropractic Spine Sports And Rehabilitation
Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Luigi Albano on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr.
Michael Johnson as he illustrates beneficial
chiropractic knee treatment via The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain
Management for patients with KOA.
Make your Tonawanda chiropractic
appointment now. Are you ready for some knee pain relief? Come see us!