When you have knee pain, exercise can help you stay healthy and active. Exercise can help you maintain a healthy weight, and feel stronger and more energetic. It can also increase the flexibility of your knee joint and reduce joint pain.
Moderate exercise can include stretching, biking, walking, and light weight training. Underwater exercises have the added benefit of being low impact while providing mild resistance.
Your exercise program should match your needs as well as your goals. Before you start any program, you should:
- Understand your limits and which type of program will best work for you
- Talk to your doctor to see how exercise can fit into your current treatment plan
- Meet with a physical therapist (if your doctor recommends it) to determine your specific exercise and joint protection needs