Exercise therapy for walking ability with knee arthritis
Osteoarthritis of the knee is a common condition, particularly affecting people over the age of 60. Symptoms can include pain, inflammation, reduced range of motion at the joint, reduced quality of life, and mobility limitations. A systematic review from 2016 looked at the results of 28 randomized controlled trials which investigated whether exercise therapy can have a significant effect on the walking ability of patients with knee osteoarthritis. Their goal was to compare exercise therapy to a control group that received no intervention. Their results displayed that the exercise intervention significantly improved total distance walked, the amount of time spent walking, and walking speed when compared to control. If you are hoping to improve your walking, see a physiotherapist to learn how exercise can help!
R Tanaka , J Ozawa , N Kito , H Moriyama. Effects of exercise therapy on walking ability in individuals with knee osteoarthritis: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials. Clin Rehabil. 2016 Jan;30(1):36-52
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