Often, abnormal motion of the knee joint can lead to a progression of osteoporosis arthritis when there is more contact between, and wear on, the bones. Our physical therapists will assess joint motion compared with expected normal motion and the motion of the knee on the uninvolved leg. They can then move and mobilize muscles and joints to improve range of motion and flexibility of the knee. In patients with knee osteoporosis arthritis, the addition of manual therapy techniques to exercise has been shown to decrease pain and increase function.
Strengthening the muscles around the knee is an essential part of the rehabilitation process. Individuals with osteoporosis arthritis who adhere to strengthening programs have been shown to have less pain and improved overall quality of life. There are several factors that influence the health of a joint: the quality of the cartilage that lines the bones, the tissue within and around the joints, and the associated muscles. Due to the wear and tear on cartilage associated with knee osteoporosis arthritis, maintaining strength in the muscles near the joint is crucial to preserve joint health. For example, as the muscles along the front and back of your thigh (quadriceps and hamstrings), cross the knee joint, they help control the motion and forces that are applied to the bones.
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