You may be asking yourself, “What is arthritis, and what can I do to relieve my symptoms?” Dr. Grace Walker, Physical and Occupational therapist, has helped countless patients with arthritis over the last 30 years. If you’ve been diagnosed with arthritis, or are experiencing symptoms listed below, keep reading to find out some simple things you can do at home to relieve pain.
This is part 1 of 4 of our knee arthritis postings. Check back for the next installments, including stretches, intermediate exercises and a success story of one of our very patients, Shirley Moretti!
What is arthritis?
Mayo Clinic defines arthritis as “inflammation of one or more of your joints. The main symptoms of arthritis are joint pain and stiffness, which typically worsen with age. The most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Osteoarthritis causes cartilage — the hard, slippery tissue that covers the ends of bones where they form a joint — to break down. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that first targets the lining of joints (synovium).”
What can I do to reduce symptoms?
The main objectives of arthritis treatments are to reduce symptoms and improve quality of life.
Here are 3 exercises to begin with to build knee strength and increase stamina. Our next blog will feature intermediate exercises for those who are comfortable with these exercises.
- Standing Leg Lifts– Targets hips and glutes (buttocks).
- Stand against a wall to ensure proper posture.
- Raise a leg to the side without rotating the foot.
- Avoid leaning to stationary side.
- Lower leg down.
- Repeat 15-20 times each side.
- Sit and stand– Targets Quadriceps and glutes.
- Sit in a chair with your feet flat on the floor.
- Cross arms in front of chest.
- Stand up fully, while keeping control.
- Slowly sit down.
- Repeat for one minute, minding your posture.
- Kick-backs– targets hamstrings.
- Stand up straight
- Lift one foot off the floor with knee bent, bringing your heel as close to your buttocks as possible.
- Hold for a count of five, then lower down.
- Knee should be aligned and posture straight.
- Repeat 10-25 times each day, 2-3 times per day.
At Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center, we have the ability to help address all of the potential variables that may be causing knee pain. We look at the “whole person” when treating knee pain to provide insights as to why one might be experiencing excess strain on their knees, but also in the hips, ankles and even a weak “Core”. We also look at our patients Body Mass Index as well as the daily activities demand.
We come up with personalized programs for each patient to provide results in a fun and healing environment. Call us at (714) 997-5518 if you would like to discuss out program in detail.by