The Role of Exercise in Preventing Knee Arthritis Among Young Individuals

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Many individuals across the globe are not yet considering exercise as a part of their daily routine. Others do not have enough time to spend in exercising; some are finding it too tiresome to exercise because of their heavy weights. Because of this, many individuals are affected with certain joint problems which includes joint diseases such as knee arthritis, although, this disease is considered as a disease as product of aging, many younger individuals are already affected with it, according to a study.

Knee arthritis is a disorder of the knee which is brought about by wear and tear of the protective cartilages located in the knee. As a result, individuals who are diagnosed with knee arthritis suffers from varied degree of joint pain during movements, limited range of motions, swelling of the joint, stiffness of the knee, and usually, a feeling that their joint is already “giving out.” Treatment for knee arthritis involves weight loss to eliminate excess weight carried by the joint, activity modifications, and some medications which can decrease inflammation and halter pain.

The new study is presented at the American College of Rheumatology annual meeting, in Chicago delved on the health problem that knee arthritis is already affecting Americans at their younger age, but according also to the study, reducing weight can doing exercise can help decrease the magnitude of the problem. Also, according to the study, that in the next 10 years there will be about 6.5 million Americans who belong to the age group between 35 and 84, who will be suffering from knee arthritis.

Dr. Elena Losina, study author, co-director of the Orthopedics and Arthritis Center for Outcomes Research at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, said that there were many individuals who were diagnosed with knee arthritis are at younger ages compared to the usual age where knee arthritis sets in. Also, when Losina made comparisons between the age of those individuals who were diagnosed with knee arthritis in the year 1990 and 2010, she found out that the average age which knee arthritis is usually observed in the year 1990 is 69 and it had changed to 56 in the year 2010.

Moreover, according to the study, the possible cause of this problem is because of the widespread obesity and various knee injuries which have affected many Americans for decades now. Hence, it is recommended among those who are obese or overweight to reduce their weight and do lifestyle changes in order to decrease their risk of developing knee arthritis at earlier age.

According to the Arthritis Foundation, “nearly half of people with rheumatic diseases reported experiencing difficulties finding work because of their condition in an international survey conducted by  EULAR, the European League Against Rheumatism, for World Arthritis Day. The survey also revealed that nearly 70 percent of employers think it is important to gain a better understanding of the needs of people with rheumatic diseases.”

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