The pain of osteoarthritis can be debilitating for the approximately three million Canadians who live with it daily, according to The Arthritis Society. Bruny Surin, who won gold as part of the 1996 Olympic 4×100 meter relay team, recently spent time showing off a new machine that simulates the effects of osteoarthritis on the knee. The Canadian Sports Hall of Fame inductee suffers from this painful condition which can result in stiff joints and loss of mobility if left unchecked.
The joints of the knees contain cartilage that wears away over time (osteoarthritis is often described as a “wear and tear” disease). Physically, the cartilage serves the purposes of absorbing shock and providing gliding movement. Erosion can lead to bone touching bone during movement and excruciating pain.
The disease is often a gradual progression that may begin with some pain during intense activity. However, as the disease develops, the sufferer will experience discomfort more often no matter the level of intensity. Rest may help for a time, but other issues will arise such as a joint that won’t move at all. It is imperative to address osteoarthritis of the knee immediately. While a cure is not available, there are many things that can be done to slow its progression and provide relief from pain.
It may seem counter-intuitive, but staying active is very important. The key is to switch from exercises like running (where the knee joints are jolted with every step) to riding a bicycle or aquatic exercise. Stretching and strength training will also help to support the joints of the knees. The added benefit of working out regularly is weight management. Being overweight significantly increases the stress placed on all systems and joints of the body.
The best answer for pain in the knees due to osteoarthritis is to have a great care team in place. Chiropodist Tony Abbott will play a vital role in determining the best course of action from proper joint placement and appropriate exercise to pain management and medical devices that will improve your condition. Call Abbott Foot & Ankle Clinic in Collingwood, ON today at (705) 444-9929, or schedule online.