Can I use my exercise bike everyday to treat my moderate knee osteoarthritis? What about daily leg strengthening exercises? How much is too much?

Manage OA. Using an exercise bike is an excellent exercise if one suffers with osteoarthritis. Your knee will tell you if you've had enough. Progression of OA can be generally minimized by losing weight, performing light weight training and low impact cardiovascular exercise (elliptical, exercise bike, swimming). Glucosamine and chondroitin supplementation can help to rebuild lost cartilage as well.
Low impact. If you have a loss of cartilage in your knee (arthritis), you still need to exercise for health benefits. Low impact is always favored. This would include swimming, biking, elliptical machine use. Walking is moderate impact but still better than high impact activities such as running or jumping.
Yes. A bike is good excercise if suffering from knee arthrits. Swimming is also good. Unfortunately this is going to be a trial and error process for you in terms of how much is too much. Depending on the severity of the arthritis i would avoid excessive strengthening and focus more on tone and maintenance.
Weight loss. Bicycling is a good form of exercise for those with knee oa. It is also important to strengthen the quadriceps. However, weight loss is the only way to slow progression of knee oa. Weight loss also helps reduce pain. Losing 1lb of total body weight translates to 4-5 lbs off the knees.

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I suffer from advanced knee osteoarthritis. What exercise can I do to lose weight given that even walking is very painful?

Avoid weightbearing. Unfortunately it's not great that at 50 you have severe knee osteoarthritis. But you really don't want to do a knee replacement at your age until you try everything else. If you can lose weight with non weight bearing activities such as cycling elliptical and swimming along with diet you may have less knee pain. Read more...
Low impact. You might want to try swimming, elliptical, exercise bike as low impact alternatives. Weight training with light weights will help your joints as well by building the muscles around them. Read more...

How is knee osteoarthritis treated?

It depend. There's no known cure for osteoarthritis, but treatments can help to reduce pain and maintain joint movement. Early stages. Acetaminophen, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.Pain medications. Physical therapy.Try braces or shoe inserts.Cortisone shots. Lubrication injections.Surgical procedures. Read more...
Many options. Treatment options include bracing, injection, pain medication, anti-inflammatory medication, physical therapy, and surgery. Read more...

How can treat with knee osteoarthritis?

Antiinflammatories.. Oa of the knee is treated with non-steroidal antiinflamatories first if Acetaminophen is not helping. If oral medications are a problem topical capsaicin or topical voltaren (diclofenac) may help. If no better with previous tx., injections of cortisone into the joint may aliviate for hours, days, weeks or months. Before severe, may get injections of lubricants (hyalgan)severe oa may need total knee replacement. Read more...
Lots. Ice, nsaids, rest, quadriceps strengthening, nutritional supplements, avoid high impact exercises, neurostimulation like the empi knee stim brace. Read more...

Hi, I am an airline pilot, does sitting long hours and climbing airplane stairs daily worsen my knee osteoarthritis.

Possible. This is not out of the realm of possibility. Stairs and sitting prolonged periods cause some with osteoarthritis an increase in pain/stiffness/swelling etc. It does not necessarily make the arthritis itself worse but could be the cause of an increase in symptoms. Read more...
May be. Sitting for a long time may predispose you for degenerative disease of joint , clot formation in the leg is another risk . I do not think climbing stair will cause any problem if you do not have already the disease . If at all , it is a helpful exercise . I recommend that your stretch your legs and walk around for few minute inflight if it is allowable by the regulations of your company . Good luck. Read more...
Not necessarily. Prolonged sitting and stairs will bring out patello-femoral pain due to arthritis but it will not cause it. Read more...
Stairs can. Sitting does not worsen oa. Stair climbing increases the shear forces and loading force and can increase pain. Read more...
No. Inactivity can increase knee pain and stiffness but will not cause a true progression of arthritic damage. Read more...
Depends. Depends on what you mean by "worsen." any activity can potentially cause increased pain when one has oa - however, pain does not mean that there is actual progression of the oa. Unfortunately, aging is the main factor that progresses oa, and we can't control that. Most evidence indicates that regular exercise/activity is good for joints, so stay active! Read more...
Yes and No. Knee osteoarthritis is common with older age. It is caused by "wear and tear" to the protective cushioning in your knees. Staying off your feet actually help decrease risk of "wear and tear." climbing airplane stairs, however, causes increased "wear and tear." however, climbing stairs is good exercise and can help prevent blood clots in your legs, which can occur with prolonged immobility/sitting. Read more...

Obese lady, 45 years, suffering from knee osteoarthritis in one leg; inability to bend knee. Frequent swelling & unbearable pain. Diclo-para ineffective?

Knee DJD. Depending on the severity of DJD the conservative treatment includes application of heat & analgesic creams, NSAID 's , cortisone injection , glucosamine & chondroitin sulfate, viscosupplement injection in the knee, knee brace, pt, use of cane etc. If the conservative treatment fails then you consider surgical options. Read more...
Possible joint mouse. Could be joint mouse interfering with motion, . Evaluation for associated calcium pyrophosphate deposition disease would be helpful. Can to opposite side to take stress off the knee would help. Rheumatologic evaluation could identify specific medications to consider. Read more...

Yesterday I found out I've knee osteoarthritis, I'm only 25! is it dangerous? Dr. Has given me vit d. Tnx in advnc

Get another opinion. Vitamin d is worthless for this issue. Get another opinion if for no other reason that i would question the diagnosis of oa in a 25 year old from the same doctor who would prescribe vitamin d to treat it. Read more...

Had Durolane injection: knee (osteoarthritis). Initially, pain was gone, but pain gets worse (can’t bend knee fully). Normal? How long pain will last?

NeedToTalkToYourDoc! They say it can last up to 6 months.That's"up to..."So think of that old bell shaped curve and consider that maybe you're on the short end of it. No specific medication, especially those based on biomechanics,will work optimally for everyone.That's because there are so many aspects specific to you alone that are involved.So,it worked for as long as it could for you,barring any alterable variables. Read more...
A few days is common. Pain at the injection site is common. You may also experience joint pain, swelling and stiffness after injection. It is advised to limit activity for 24-48 hours after an injection. This should resolve after a few days. Other treatments should be tried along with the injection such as physical therapy, swimming, or cycling. Read more...

would viscosupplementation be beneficiary for my knee osteoarthritis age 57 female, I can forward u digital copy my knees xray?

Mild benefits. The benefits are mild if any. There are other alternatives that you should consider: intra-articular HGH, intra articular platelet rich plasma. This last two modalities, although not FDA approved, regenerate cartilage and decrease pain with increasing mobility. Read more...
Pain = Muscles first. There is a huge error in medical logic and reasoning. The most common location for pain is in the muscle system. Stressed and strained muscle will begin to contract choking other and secondarily leading to tendinitis, bursitis, nerve pain, vessels, degeneration of joint structures. Tx cause w stretching hands-on PT, acupuncture, wet/dry IM needling will restore the muscles and no secondary issues. Read more...