Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis. While it can affect anyone, those who have suffered from previous joint injuries and people who overwork their joints are most likely to develop osteoarthritis, and it can hinder athletic performance and everyday life.
OA, or degenerative joint disease, is a breakdown of joint cartilage, which acts like a cushion where the joints meet, in order to help them move. When the cartilage breaks down, the bones start rubbing against each other other and that can cause further damage. People with osteoarthritis experience pain and stiffness because of this, especially after a period of inactivity (like sleeping).
Depending on the degree of damage to the knee joint, there are things you can do to manage knee pain. Therapy, medication, and long periods of inactivity or rest can help reduce the pain. However, the best thing you can do is to exercise.
Aging and being overweight are main causes for OA. Exercising speeds up your metabolism, thus slowing down the aging process and can help you maintain or reduce your weight, which puts extra stress and pressure on the joints. It also improves muscle strength and endurance, it promotes better blood flow and reduces pain. Even light exercise can help you remain active and lose excess weight.
Exercising will certainly make you feel better and reduce knee pain. Most OA patients experience pain right after they work out and that makes them quit. Don't give up! Exercising is great for joint pain management and there are things you can do to prevent pain. You can use therapy, painkillers, and knee braces in order to protect your joints, reduce pain and discomfort.
Knee support has come a long way for athletes who experience OA, and it is designed to improve their performance, reduce pain, speed up recovery, aid blood flow and much more. Plus, they are versatile and elastic knee sleeves, for example, can be worn all the time, not just when working out. That makes them a great aid in daily life! Knitted knee sleeves are another great example of compression garments that you can wear elegantly and benefit from pain relief.
Even if these exercises are easy, if you experience OA, check with your doctor before you start a physical activity program. Wear adequate gym equipment and knee sleeves in order to protect, stabilize and prevent pain in your joints. Don't go crazy with the weights and use light weights. Going for heavy weights will put the same unwanted pressure on your joints as excess body weight would. Here are a few tips you need to keep in mind:
Remember, the most recommended treatment for OA is exercise! Pain occurs only after long periods of rest. That is why a lot of people who suffer from OA experience pain and stiffness when they wake up, because sleeping is a long period of rest. Staying active is the key to happiness, and it is also the remedy for joint pain. Make sure you maintain a healthy weight and only lift light weights to ensure maximized results!
There is no reason to be discouraged if you experience knee pain and give up your athletic performances. Working out is still a healthy thing to do and if you take proper care of your knees, pay attention to your speed, equipment and weight, you will have a pain-free training session and overall, pain-free life!
So, are you convinced to return to the gym? Working out has many added benefits other than knee pain relief. Your quality of life will improve, your body will become stronger, and your happy hormones will be activated. And a happy mood is all you (k)need to continue your athletic activities!
Comments will be approved before showing up.