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Chiropractors like Dr. Kimberly Wells, your Cincinnati Chiropractor, help many people who have developed osteoarthritis (OA) in a number of places in the body, including the knee joints. OA is a general form of arthritis that causes a breakdown of joint cartilage. Knee pain and disability is one of the most widespread problems of the musculoskeletal system, second only to spinal conditions. In fact, an astounding 4.3 million men and women in the US over 60 years of age have been diagnosed with knee OA, according to the CDC, and it anticipates that half of the people in America may incur symptoms of OA in at least one knee by age 85. Knee OA causes pain, immobility, functional disabilities, and a decreased quality of life.
Why do so many men and women develop osteoarthritis of the kneee? Undue stress over the years is a major factor in the majority of musculoskeletal problems that develop as we get older. It follows that as people age they are more at risk for developing OA in their knees due to improper mechanics of the knee, irregular gait, compensatory foot mechanics as an offset of foot pain, and repetitive use of the knee joint, all of which cause inordinate stress on the knees. Consequently, arthritic changes in the knee joint develop.
The majority of chiropractors suggest such natural, drug-free practices as Tai Chi, in addition to their chiropractic care to help with knee OA. Tai Chi (Chuan) is a traditional style of Chinese martial arts that features slow, rhythmic movements that create peace of mind, as well as improved balance, an increase in strength, and more flexibility. A new study conducted by Tufts University School of Medicine has found that patients that are at least 65 years of age or older who suffer from knee osteoarthritis, and who practice Tai Chi, improved their physical capability and encountered a decrease in pain.
In otherwise good health, the 40 adults with confirmed OA that were chosen for the Tufts study were, on average, 65 years of age and overweight. Patients were randomly picked to take part in 60-minute “Yang style” Tai Chi sessions twice weekly for 12 weeks. Each session included a 10-minute self-massage and a review of Tai Chi principles, 30 minutes of Tai Chi movement, 10 minutes of breathing technique, and 10 minutes of relaxation.
Tai Chi practice involves the type of range of motion, flexibility, muscle conditioning, and aerobic workout that is compatible with contemporary exercise recommendations for osteoarthritis. Furthermore, researchers observed that the “mental component” of Tai Chi promoted a sense of well-being, life contentment, and perceptions of health that helped the participants to deal differently with chronic pain. Significantly, the group practicing Tai Chi exhibited a meaningful decrease in knee pain compared with those in the control group.
If you are suffering from knee pain, see Dr. Kimberly Wells, your Chiropractor in Cincinnati. She’ll get you out of pain and recommend the proper exercises that will be best for your knees.
Full findings of the study are published in the November 2009 issue of Arthritis Care & Research, a journal of the American College of Rheumatology.