Knee osteoarthritis is a common condition experience by older adults. This condition tends to happen when the cartilage in and around the knee area tends to break down. The result? The bones begin to cause friction against each other, typically causing a dull ache, possible swelling or even potentially serious pain.
This is a condition that should not be left untreated and requires immediate attention by a certified orthopedist.
There are certain chemicals that are specifically created by the body that help to keep all of our joints and our connective tissues healthy. To specific chemicals are glucosamine and chondroitin. If your body does not produce enough, you can absolutely find these marketed on shelves across the country. There is a lot of benefit and very little side effects to be concerned about with both of these chemicals.
There are numerous studies that come out every single year that look at the effects of these two chemicals and how they can be of benefit to somebody looking to supplement any physical therapy treatment. These studies typically find that both glucosamine and chondroitin are very effective at protecting the cartilage around the joints and help to slow or even stop any progression of osteoarthritis.
Now, anybody in the medical field will agree that taking supplements by themselves is not the right answer. It is very important to always maintain a consistent exercise and diet regimen. To help take pressure off of your knees, it is advised that you strengthen all the muscles around your knees. These will include your quadriceps, muscles around your hips, your hamstrings and your calves. The goal is to strengthen his muscles to take any undue pressure off of your knees.
You might have interest in taking the supplements to help minimize any pain or just comfort as related to your osteoarthritis condition. We would recommend you scheduling a free evaluation at our Wyckoff physical therapy office. We can do a thorough job at evaluating your unique situation and make our recommendations for an affective strength and conditioning program to help protect your knee joints for years to come.