Numerous people have knee
osteoarthritis in both or one knee. That doesn’t
cause sufferers to feel any better about it. Wilson Family Chiropractic has some novel exercise tips and
treatments our Millville 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 around the world
over the age of 20 were diagnosed with it in 2020. Characteristically,
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 been shown to positively affect cartilage structure even though just which physical activity
is best has yet to be decided. (2) Wilson Family Chiropractic sees
new treatment ideas being studied a lot.
KOA TREATMENT: Your
Millville 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) Wilson Family Chiropractic
can partner this treatment (and even some cartilage-supporting
nutrition!) with your home-exercise for relief.
KOA TREATMENT: YOU, our Millville knee pain patient
Even though the benefits of exercise abound for KOA is well known, KOA
sufferers do not very well continue the exercise routine. One study made an easy-to-follow video series and calendar system that
automatically noted when their did the exercises that resulted in an
82.4% participation rate. Not bad! The patients also described satisfaction, pain reduction, and improved
physical function. (4) One 4-week 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 improved
extensor strength and neuromuscular function of the knee with KOA lasted for 3 months. (1) Wilson Family Chiropractic is pretty confident
a KOA sufferer will not care which knee is exercised as long as there is relief! A planned YOGA (YOGa and
strengthening exercise for knee osteoArthritis) study was recently proposed
to find out if yoga’s mind-body exercise format - known to improve flexibility, muscle
strength, balance and fitness - might reduce 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 studied how blood flow restriction with low
and high load resistance exercise of the KOA-affected knee altered
various blood tests in female patients with single-knee KOA
and discovered that markers for skeletal muscle tissues were increased.
(6) All these studies on a variety of approaches
to handle knee osteoarthritis may hopefully unearth a
way to ease/prevent/better manage this common ailment.
CONTACT Wilson Family Chiropractic
Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Luigi Albano on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr.
Michael Johnson as he describes relieving
chiropractic knee treatment via The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain
Management for patients with KOA.
Make your Millville chiropractic
appointment soon. Do you experience
knee osteoarthritis? Come in for