Appropriate exercise reduces pain and stiffness and improves the ability to function.
Do you have knee osteoarthritis and want to be more active with less pain? It turns out that the best medicine for wear-and-tear knee arthritis is exercise—but you have to stick with it to get the benefit, even if it hurts a little. The key to success is matching the right type of exercise to your knee condition. This allows you to gradually strengthen and stabilize the joint.
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