The Care You Need
KNEE PAIN TREATMENT
What It Is?
Osteoarthritis is also known as "wear and tear arthritis," mechanical arthritis, or non-inflammatory arthritis. There are hereditary and vocational components. Post-traumatic joint injuries may also predispose to it.
What It Isn't?
It is often mistaken for Rheumatoid Arthritis, however, patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis may also have osteoarthritis.
Treatment Starts with You
I recommend maintaining a healthy weight to slow the progression of osteoarthritis.
Why Weight Loss?
About every 1 lb of extra body weight is approximately 5 lbs of extra weight on the knees.
How to Lose Weight?
I recommend a Mediterranean diet, rich with olive oil, vegetables, grains, legumes, fruits, poultry, and fish. Meat is good in moderation.
Count your daily caloric intake and try not to exceed 1500-1800 calories.
You should perform at least 30 minutes of physical exercise per day, such as:
Swimming (If you have access to a pool, I recommend walking in the pool for at least 30 minutes every day.)
Performing at least 8 weeks of yoga (two 60-minute classes and 1 home practice per week) was shown to help individuals with arthritis safely increase physical activity, and improve physical and psychological health (Moonaz SH et al. J Rheumatol. 2015 Jul;42(7):1194-202).