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Arthritic knees: Exercise can help, but don't overdo it

Exercise to strengthen an arthritic knee reduces pain and stiffness and improves daily functioning. It is important to match the right type and amount of exercise to the arthritis condition. Those with arthritis behind the kneecap should avoid deep knee bends and other moves that require large amounts of flexing the joint. Severe knee arthritis limits the amount of exercise possible. It can help to work with a physical therapist to design an appropriate exercise program that strengthens the knee without causing excessive pain and swelling.
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