Exercise for Arthritis & Aging : Non-Weight Bearing Arthritis Exercises
Exercise for Arthritis & Aging : Non-Weight Bearing Arthritis Exercises

My name is John Andreca. I am a physical therapist.
I’d like to demonstrate a few weight bearing exercises, which are focused on individuals
who enter our facility with lower extremity hip and knee arthritis. The first one we’d
like to demonstrate is a sit-to-stand exercise. So, basically we’re going to have Bob cross
his arms across his chest. He’s going to rise up from the chair, keeping his back nice and
straight and then back down. Slow, slow, slow. Back down. One more time, back up. So excellent
exercise, we all have a chair at home. Excellent exercise to work on the quadriceps, the hip
extensors, the hamstrings, just a great global lower extremity exercise. If we wanted to
make this a bit more challenging for him, we could have him stop before he touches down
and then right back up. You do want to watch your knee angle and make sure we’re not dropping
too far below ninety degrees because that can really increases the stresses on your
knees. So, if that’s the case, if you have a lower chair you may want to put a pillow
or something down on the chair just to get your hips a little bit higher up, off of the
chair and off of the ground. Thank you, Bob. You can stand up. I’m going to move this chair
out of the way. The next exercise is going to be a lunge. Same idea, where we’re going
to have Bob step with your right leg. Bring your back knee straight towards the ground,
and back up. You can see Bob is standing next to a table here, just for stability to help
with balance if that’s a concern for him. If you’re home, kitchen table, a kitchen sink,
anything like that works just as well. Step and then come straight down. Same concerns
with this exercise. You want to watch the knee angle and make sure you’re not dropping
below ninety degrees or so. And back up. Great. So weight bearing and non-weight bearing exercise
is a combination of both of those types strengthening activities seem to be the best to really target
and strengthen the muscles surrounding the lower extremity joint, which can help take
some of the load and some of the stress off the weight bearing joints in individuals with
arthritis. Thank you very much.

3 thoughts on “Exercise for Arthritis & Aging : Non-Weight Bearing Arthritis Exercises”

  1. sandman 2013 says:

    These are exactly the exercises my physio therapist prevented me from doing. No semi squats or lunges. U need to go back to school.

  2. Solitaire401 says:

    Yeah right. My torn up acl and meniscus (bone on bone) arthritic knee will do fine.
    I tried riding a bike for 8 min at PT and ended up using my cane for 5 days. I don't think any of these PTs know what their're doing. This exercise is fine if you are younger and recovering from a sprain but not arthritis in my opinion.

  3. H B says:

    @sandeep1982 Why dont you recommend some excercises, rather being very negative, this gentleman has been kind enough to share what he knows, unlike you .

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