Evidence suggests that, if you have arthritic knees, lifting heavy objects It can cause more joint damage. If you have or have had a job that involves lifting heavy things, then you may have an increased risk of developing osteoarthritis.
Animal experiments indicate that a previously injured joint is more prone to developing arthritic changes, so if in the past you have hurt a joint by lifting heavy objects, you need to watch that joint carefully as you get older.
Bending over with a heavy weight is at the top of the list of exercises that people with arthritic knees should not try.
The Arthritis Foundation
Researchers at the Helsinki Research Institute for Sports and Exercise Medicine in Finland found that a history of heavy work increases the risk of osteoarthritis in former high-level athletes. Previous knee injuries in this group increase the chances of ending arthritis by five times.
If you have osteoarthritis of the knee, it is probably a good idea to avoid heavy manual labor. In addition, the Arthritis Foundation includes that bending over with heavy weights is at the top of the list of exercises that people with arthritic knees should not attempt. Other activities on that list are:
• Running. • Certain yoga postures (such as the lotus or hero postures, you should talk with your yoga instructor about additional exercises that you should avoid). • Basketball. • Raquétbol. • Sports that require jumping or rapid changes of direction. • Any high-impact exercise that requires both feet to separate from the floor at the same time. • Jump the rope. • Scissors jumps.
In many cases, the wear and tear can be aggravated by excess body weight.
Exercising with arthritic knees
Get a medical checkup before starting a new exercise program. Once you have been authorized to exercise, develop a plan with your doctor and physical therapist. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention and the Arthritis Foundation encourage people with arthritis to include these three types of exercises in their routine:
• Range of motion exercises that involve stretching: to make joints more flexible and maximize the freedom of movement. • Strengthening exercises: to provide joint support. • Resistance exercises: to improve the heart and condition the lungs.
Research studies clearly show that a correct type of exercise can improve the lives of people with arthritis, relieving pain and increasing muscle strength.However, be sure to avoid exercises that shake or shake your joints.
About the author
Dean Haycock holds a Ph.D. in Biology from Brown University and received a grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to study at Rockefeller University.
His neuropharmacological research has been published in the journals Neurochemistry, Biological Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics and Brain Research.
Haycock is the author of the books "The Everything Health Guide to Schizophrenia", "The Everything Health Guide to Adult Bipolar Disorder, 2nd edition", and co-author of "Overcoming Complications of LASIK and Other Eye Surgeries".