Light Exercise May Prevent Osteoarthritis
Light exercises such as walking and bowling and avoidance of knee-bending activities such as climbing and squatting may protect against osteoarthritis of the knee in at-risk people, researchers report.
On the flip side, high-impact sports such as running and skiing are associated with knee cartilage damage in people who are overweight, have had knee injuries or knee surgery, have a family history of osteoarthritis, or have other risk factors, according to a study presented here at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease that causes pain, swelling, and stiffness. According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, it's the most common form of arthritis, affecting an estimated 27 million Americans over the age of 25.