It is extremely important to remain physically active when managing chronic knee pain. Most people who have osteoarthritis and old injuries will avoid exercise for fear of pain and further damage. But staying inactive actually contributes to the pain and can worsen joint health. The other symptom of inactivity is weakened muscles which creates an imbalance in posture leading to additional problems. Chronic joint pain does not have to be a natural part of aging. An exercise-based rehabilitation program developed by Michael V. Hurley called ESCAPE knee pain (Enabling Self-Management and Coping with Arthritic knee Pain through Exercise) consists of 12 sessions (2 per week) that include supervised exercise with a physiotherapist and informal discussion about arthritis, self-management, and coping options. Before discharged from program, participants receive a home exercise regimen and information about local exercise facilities, classes and self-help groups. For additional support go to Arthritis Foundation website (www.arthritis.org) and Harvard Health publication The Joint Pain Relief Workout.
Info provided by: Jule Klotter, Townsend Letter
In good health,
Shana Burns, CN