Exercise and Osteoarthritis

Knee pain

It is estimated that 8.75 million people in the UK have seen a doctor about osteoarthritis symptoms.

Joint pain, swelling and stiffness with a potential reduction in your normal functional ability are all common reported symptoms.

Osteoarthritis is mostly reported in the knees, hands, hips and back but it can be found in any of your joints, resulting in a wide array of pain and disability levels.

Although some surgical procedures for Osteoarthritis have been shown to be clinically effective, they are not without their risks and are not effective for everyone.

Early arthritis is best treated through educating patients regarding how to optimally self- manage their condition, weight loss advice where needed, and……. Exercise!


If arthritis is a reduced ability to function through a joint due to pain and stiffness.

You may be thinking. ‘’Surely exercising through that joint is a bad idea.’’

The first thing to note is that every person is different.

A Physiotherapist will assess a patient’s pain levels, joint function, but most importantly the impact it is having on their lifestyle.

Although Osteoarthritis may seem like a joint specific problem, we need to look at the person holistically.

  • Are you aerobically fit?

  • Are you overweight?

  • Do you smoke?

  • Do you have any other medical issues?

  • Are your muscles strong above and below the joint in question?