10 Dos and Don’ts for Managing Osteoarthritis Knee Pain

Everyday Health—November 9, 2016

Everyday Health reporter Denise Mann reports on 10 tips to manage osteoarthritis knee pain. About 27 million people live with osteoarthritis pain; and since there's no way to reverse joint damage it's important to make an effort to prevent disease progression. Simple lifestyle changes can help you manage osteoarthritis knee pain. 

James F. Wyss, MD, physiatrist at HSS, says you should incorporate strength and flexibility training. "A fitness plan for osteoarthritis should include strength and flexibility training along with aerobic exercise."

Dr. Wyss also recommends warming up and cooling down. In general, a warm-up lubricates your joints so that you're less stiff and it's easier to move which lowers the risk of sustaining any injury during your workout.

He also discusses the importance of putting together a care team which should include a physician, rheumatologist, or sports medicine specialist, to guide non-operative treatment. He adds that a physical therapist and possibly a nutritionist can also be important members of the team.

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