Many people have knee
osteoarthritis in one knee or both. That does not
cause sufferers to feel any better about it. Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries has some novel exercise tips and
treatments our Manchester knee osteoarthritis (KOA) patients will want
KNEE OSTEOARTHRITIS (KOA): What It Is and How Common It Is
Knee osteoarthritis is related to aging
and everywhere! 86 million people globally
over 20 years old were diagnosed with it in 2020. Typically,
knee osteoarthritis sufferers experience 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 despite
not yet knowing which exercise is best. (2) Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries sees
new treatment ideas being studied all the time.
KOA TREATMENT: Your
Manchester chiropractor has it.
A chiropractic treatment approach has demonstrated
potential. A trial of Cox® flexion distraction decompression
principled treatment for knee osteoarthritis – namely distraction
of the knee – reported 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) Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries
can partner this treatment (and even some cartilage-supporting
nutrition!) with your home-exercise for relief.
KOA TREATMENT: YOU, our Manchester knee pain patient
Even though the benefits of exercise abound for KOA is well established, KOA
sufferers are not known to continue the exercise practice. One study set
up an easy-to-follow video set and automated recording calendar
of when they did each video that demonstrated an
82.4% participation rate. Not bad! The patients also reported satisfaction, pain reduction, and better
physical function. (4) One month-long intervention of single
knee, non-KOA knee extensor strength training resulted
in 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 maintained
itself for 3 months. (1) Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries is pretty confident
a KOA sufferer will not care which knee is exercised as long as relief
is forthcoming! A planned 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 reduce the symptoms of knee
osteoarthritis and even improve 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 higher.
(6) All these studies on a variety of approaches
to handle knee osteoarthritis may hopefully find a
way to ease/prevent/better manage this common condition.
CONTACT Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries
Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Luigi Albano on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr.
Michael Johnson as he illustrates relieving
chiropractic knee treatment via The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain
Management for patients with KOA.
Make your Manchester chiropractic
appointment now. Are you ready for some knee pain relief? Come see us!