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Physical Therapy Corner References

Therapeutic exercise and manual therapy ease pain, improve strength, range of motion, and function.

For knee arthritis, here are three recommendations and references:

Mind-body exercises are promising approaches to reduce pain, as well as improve physical function and quality of life for individuals with knee osteoarthritis. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28183188

There are a variety of choices for strengthening exercise programs with positive recommendations for healthcare professionals and knee osteoarthritis patients. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28183213

A short-term aerobic exercise program with/without muscle strengthening exercises is promising for reducing pain, improving physical function and quality of life for individuals with knee osteoarthritis. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28183194

For hip arthritis, here is a good reference:

Land-based therapeutic exercise, notably strength training, for management of hip osteoarthritis in reducing pain, stiffness and self-reported disability, and improving physical function and range of motion. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26400851

For hand arthritis, here is a good reference:

Forty-six positive grade recommendations (i.e. A, B, C+) were obtained during short-term (<12 weeks) trials for pain, stiffness, physical function, grip strength, pinch strength, range of motion, global assessment, pressure pain threshold, fatigue and abductor pollicis longus movement and during long-term (>12 weeks) trials for physical function and pinch strength. There is a need for further research to isolate the specific effect of exercise components. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29911409

Exercises of the Month

Instructions: (**Before you try this or any other exercise, ask your physical therapist.)

Assisted Knee Range of Motion with a Towel

  • Hook a towel around bottom of foot / heel
  • Use arms to assist with bending the knee until a comfortable stretch is felt
  • Repeat as instructed

Sets: 1
Reps: 10
Sessions: Once Everyday, Perform As Tolerated
Hold Time: 5 seconds
Side: Both


Towel Squeeze

  • Gently squeeze towel roll (or similar object)
  • Repeat 10 times

Hip External Rotation with Bent Knee While Lying Down

  • Lie on back with one knee bent
  • With stomach muscles tight, slowly lower bent knee away from body and back to midline
  • Keep opposite leg straight and hips in contact with surface
  • Repeat 5-10 times

Exercises provided courtesy of Real Time Rehab

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