Maintaining Ageing Knees

osteopath treating knee pain

As we age gracefully, maintaining overall health becomes the highest of priorities. During these periods the importance of maintaining knee strength and mobility is often overlooked. Our ageing knees are intricate joints, that are susceptible to wear and tear as time progresses. The knees play a pivotal role in all our daily activities; therefore, it is important we explore the significance of preserving our knee health.

 

Osteoarthritis in the articular cartilage of the knee is one of the most common forms of knee degeneration. Osteoarthritis in the knee can occur through traumatic and non-traumatic means. Inactivity and disuse of the knee joint is detrimental to the joint’s overall health, with the absence of mechanical stimulation inducing a more rapid cartilage degeneration. Targeted physical activity is great approach to maintaining knee health, by providing improvements in joint function, whilst simultaneously increasing quality of life.

 

 

Benefits of Maintaining Ageing Knees Strength and Mobility

  • Preventing joint pain
  • Enhancing stability and balance
  • Preserving independence
  • Increasing ability to engage in daily activities
  • Increasing ability to perform physical exercise
  • Boosting mental wellbeing
 

How can an Osteopath Help

Assessment and diagnosis

Osteopaths will perform a range of assessments to evaluate the structure and function of the knee. By Identifying any restrictions or dysfunctions we can create a targeted treatment plan.

 

Hands-on treatment

Osteopaths utilize a wide range of manual techniques to address joint mobility and tissue health. Our techniques can help alleviate muscle tension, increase joint range of motion, and ultimately contribute to the effective management of pain.

 

Patient education

Osteopaths can provide patients with a tailored educational approach to maintaining optimal knee health. With guidance in a range of biomechanical ergonomics, lifestyle modifications and self-care strategies.

 

Collaboration with Other Healthcare Professionals

Osteopaths collaborate with other healthcare professionals, to ensure a comprehensive approach to knee health. This collaborative effort enhances the effectiveness of treatment and provides patients with a well-rounded healthcare strategy.

 

Exercises to Try at Home

 

The following are all simple weight-bearing exercises, give them a try to help build knee strength and mobility!

 

  • Sit to Stands
  • Stair climbing or step-ups
  • Walking uphill
  • Squats
  • Standing hamstring curls
 

 

Every body has different requirements, so we suggest booking an appointment with one of our Osteopaths so that they can create an individual a program that is perfect for you.
There are many safe exercises for increasing knee strength and mobility at any age, and the team here at HealthLinks Gippsland will help to find the right exercises to suit your body!

References

Hsu, H., & Siwiec, R. M. (2023). Knee Osteoarthritis. StatPearls. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK507884

Mora, J. C., Przkora, R., & Cruz-Almeida, Y. (2018). Knee osteoarthritis: pathophysiology and current treatment modalities. Journal of pain research, 11, 2189–2196. https://doi.org/10.2147/JPR.S154002

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