Magazine article Work & Family Life

Exercise Can Help Soothe Aching Knees

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Exercise Can Help Soothe Aching Knees

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When the cartilage that protects your knee bones starts to wear away, the condition is called osteoarthritis (OA) and millions of Americans suffer from it. The symptoms may range from stiffness to mild pain to chronic pain that doesn't stop even when you're resting.

Talk to your doctor about OA symptoms, and be aware also of non-drug treatments that can help relieve pain. Clinician Anna Ribaudo of the Weill Cornell Hospital for Special Surgery in New York suggests the following treatments:

ICE OR HEAT. If your knees feel sore or swollen, use ice. If they feel stiff, apply heat. Apply whichever is appropriate for 15-20 minutes at a time, up to several times a day-but no more than once an hour.

KNEE BRACE. Wear it only during activities that cause discomfort such as climbing stairs, walking for long periods or dancing. Do not wear a brace when you are resting or doing other non-stress activities. …

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