Knee pain improves with exercise

Osteoarthritis in the knee joints is a common cause of disability. Exercises may be recommended to improve muscle strength, but pain can be a barrier to physical activity.

A Cochrane Review has analysed the results of 54 studies of land-based exercises, involving 5000 patients, as a treatment for osteoarthritis of the knee. A range of different exercises was used and the amount and frequency of exercise varied.

In 44 studies there was a moderate reduction in pain immediately after treatment. On a scale of 0–100, exercise reduced pain by

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