All of us are familiar with the achiness and stiffness that occurs after hard exercise. We call it delayed-onset muscle soreness, or DOMS, because it usually doesn’t start until the next day or even 48 hours after exercise. It’s downright uncomfortable and if you’re trying to exercise frequently, it can really throw off your regimen. How to recover quicker from exercise is a big question on every trainer’s, athlete’s, and weekend warrior’s mind.
Knee osteoarthritis–sometimes just called knee OA–is one of the most common knee maladies that we see in the PT clinic, and it is responsible for a big chunk of the disability that older adults can experience. It is by far the most common type of arthritis in the knee. Other types include rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis. Approximately 23% of adults over 40 may have symptomatic knee OA. Of all the joints affected by OA, about 80% of cases that seek treatment are for the knee.1
It has to be one of the most searched health topics on Google: “How do I reduce back pain?” So many people are afflicted by back pain everyday. Some are in the throes of an acute episode that just started. Some have been dealing with it in some form or another for years. I want to talk about some steps you can take to help take the edge off, whether your pain is acute (recent onset) or chronic (greater than 3 months).