Knee Strengthening with Weights Reduces Arthritis Pain

Here’s the latest research from the University of Washington that confirms knee strengthening exercise with weights improves function and gives you more knee arthritis pain relief.

A stronger arthritic knee is less painful and more functional.

The Study:

Effects of progressive resistance strength training on knee biomechanics during single leg step-up in persons with mild knee osteoarthritis

McQuade KJ, de Oliveira AS. Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Physical Therapy Program, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA.

The goal of this study was to determine if increasing strength in primary knee extensors and flexors would directly affect net knee joint moments during a common functional task in persons with knee osteoarthritis.

Results: While knee exercises continues to be an important element of knee arthritis management, the results of this study suggest improvements in function, pain, and other symptoms, as a result of strength training may not be causally related to specific biomechanical changes in net joint moments.

Dr. Paul’s Comments – Strengthening exercises for all muscles around the knee will help your arthritis pain.

Just remember with knee arthritis it’s No Pain to Get Gain not No Pain No Gain!.

Adjust your knee exercises so you can do them without pain.