More Walking Minimizes The Risk Of Knee Osteoarthritis
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More Walking Minimizes The Risk Of Knee Osteoarthritis

Authored by DesiMD Doctor on 16 Jun 2014 - 13:57

Millions of individuals around the globe are affected by osteoarthritis- a condition where the cartilage on the gliding surface of the knee begins wearing away, causing pain and stiffness.

A new study has recently found how walking (around 6000 steps a day) could protect those at a risk of developing knee arthritis, or those already suffering from mobility issues due to the disease (such as sitting or standing, climbing up the stairs etc).

Recent studies have found how people are now restricting their physical activity to walking less than 90 minutes every week.  "Our study examines if more walking equates with better functioning, and if so, how much daily walking is needed to minimize risk of developing problems with mobility in people with knee OA," Daniel White, PT, ScD, from Sargent College at Boston University in Massachusetts, explained.

Knee osteoarthritis is the leading cause of knee replacement surgeries in adults over 50 years limiting the movement of the knees, and around 11 percent of those affected by this condition need personal care and assistance to carry out their day to day activities.

The researchers studied the physical activity of 1788 people with knee osteoarthritis and studied them for a period of 2 years, and found that individuals who walked more showed greater physical function score. Walking just a 1000 steps was thought to reduce the functional limitation by around 18 percent.

"Walking is an inexpensive activity and despite the common popular goal of walking 10,000 steps per day, our study finds only 6,000 steps are necessary to realize benefits. We encourage those with or at risk of knee OA to walk at least 3,000 or more steps each day, and ultimately progress to 6,000 steps daily to minimize the risk of developing difficulty with mobility," Dr White added. 

 

References:

Arthritis Care and Research- Daily walking and the risk of incident functional limitation in knee OA: An observational study - http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/acr.22362/abstract;jsessionid...

University: Wiley-6,000 Steps A Day Keeps Knee OA Limitations Away -http://as.wiley.com/WileyCDA/PressRelease/pressReleaseId-110968.html

 

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