Knee Arthritis - Dr Mahesh Kulkarni

Ways to Remain Active when you have Knee Arthritis

If you are a person who loves hiking , running and cycling you are almost always outside on your feet. Some years now, you noticed that your knee has started to hurt after taking part in all those activities. Now the time is like it feels like it hurts all the time. After you couldn’t ignore the pain any longer, you saw your family doctor, who diagnosed you with knee osteoarthritis.

Many people who have arthritis or a related disease may be living with chronic pain. Pain is chronic when it lasts three to six months or longer, but arthritis pain can last a lifetime. It may be constant, or it may come and go

How do you stay active with arthritis?

When your joints hurt, you’re probably not eager to exercise – even though you’ve heard time and time again that you should. Not only does exercise keep joints strong and flexible, it also promises pain relief for a host of conditions. Exercises such as swimming, jogging ,cycling help to stay active with arthritis.

What is the best vitamin for arthritis?

The best vitamin that help to improve the pain include

  1. Curcumin (from turmeric root) Evidence suggests the turmeric root has anti-inflammatory properties. …
  2. Vitamin D. If you have arthritis pain or are at high risk for arthritis, your doctor may recommend a vitamin D supplement. …
  3. Omega-3 fatty acids. …
  4. Glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate.

What are the 5 worst foods to eat if you have arthritis?

Foods to Avoid when you have arthritis include :

  • Processed foods. Avoid processed foods, such as baked goods and prepackaged meals and snacks.
  • Omega-6 fatty acids
  • Sugar and certain sugar alternatives
  • Red meat and fried foods
  • Refined carbohydrates
  • Cheese and high-fat dairy
  • Alcohol

These are the top 7 ways to keep you active when you have knee arthritis

#1. Exercise

The more flexible your knee joint is, the stronger the muscles are that support the knee joint, the better your quality of life will be.

#2. Aerobic Exercise

Aerobic exercise implies that you are getting your heart rate up. Some great examples of aerobic exercises are walking, jogging, riding a bicycle etc.

#3. Balancing

The ability to balance will contribute significantly to chance of living a longer, healthier life– free from injuries sustained as a result of falling.  Balance training improves the sense of joint stability.

#4. Diet and your metabolism

Our diet contributes significantly to the overall disease burden that many of us suffer from. Individual dietary needs has to be chosen based on your medical history, the medicines you are taking, and a diet that you feel will be sustainable.

#5. Inflammation

Our diet and our activity levels can directly affect the levels of inflammation in our bodies. Working on diet and metabolism will improve health span, and decrease pain due to osteoarthritis and other causes of joint pain.

#6. Compression Sleeve

Compression sleeves improve sense of stability which can improve pain and that feeling of giving way.

#7. Ointments

Creams puts the nerves on overdrive, so they can’t send out strong pain signals back to the brain.  Many people find these rubs to be useful.