Joint Surgery Isn't the First Option for Knee and Hip Arthritis
Jun 10, 2013 - 10:57:26 AM
Exercise, especially activities that strengthen the muscles that support the knees and hips, is one key to avoiding surgery. The quadriceps in the front of the thigh and the hamstrings in the back are important to knee strength. Every time you walk or do any weight-bearing activity, the quads absorb the shock. The stronger your quads are, the less load that gets transferred into the knee. The gluteal muscles in the buttocks and flexors in the pelvis are important for hip strength and flexibility.
Weight loss is another key to avoiding joint-replacement surgery. Every 10 pounds of excess weight puts an extra 30 to 60 pounds of pressure on the knee and hip joints. Shedding pounds can reduce that pressure. "Even a 10-pound weight loss can make a huge difference," says Dr. Berkson.
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Also in the June 2013 issue of the Harvard Health Letter:
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