What can you do strengthen the knee and delay a total knee replacement (TKR)?
Have you been told that you have osteoarthritis in your knee 🦵 and will need a TKR later down the track? 🤕 If so, read on for tips on how to strengthen your knee and delay surgery. 👨⚕️
- Lose weight: The knee is a weight bearing joint so every time you take a step, the weight goes through the knee joint. Losing weight and reducing the load that transmits through the knee joint can significantly reduce knee pain associated with osteoarthritis and delay a TKR. 🥗😄
- Cardiovascular Exercise: Low impact aerobic exercise including swimming, cycling and the elliptical machine are all excellent low-impact activities to help shed any excess weight and keep the knees nice and healthy. 🏃🏻🏃🏻
- Resistance Training: It’s important to strengthen the muscles around the knees including the quads, glutes and calf muscles to enhance function at the knee and prevent osteoarthritis from progressing. 🏋🏽♀️🏋🏽♀️
- Use assistive devices: Wearing a knee brace can reduce the pain associated with knee osteoarthritis and also support the knee to improve function. 🦵🦿
- Physiotherapy: Physiotherapists can tailor a program specifically designed for you to reduce knee pain, optimise knee function and ultimately delay a TKR. 🥼🧐
regards, James Buttacavoli BSc, DPT Physiotherapist