As a knee surgeon, I see many people suffering with knee arthritis. I understand the concerns and fears of patients who are suffering from knee osteoarthritis. This is a common condition that affects five million people in the UK and causes joint pain and stiffness. It is the main reason for knee replacement, which is one of the most common operations in the UK with about 120,000 performed each year 1.
In this blog, I would like to provide you with some information on how to prevent or delay the progression of knee osteoarthritis and reduce the stress on your knee joint. A recent study looked at 134 patients with knee osteoarthritis and found that those who had stronger quads relative to hamstrings were less likely to need knee replacement surgery in two to four years. The study showed that strengthening the quads with exercises such as squats and lunges can prevent or delay the progression of knee arthritis and reduce the stress on the knee joint.
Quads are the quadriceps muscles on the front of the thighs, and hamstrings are the muscles on the back of the legs. They act as counter forces and balance each other to enable a wide range of activities while protecting the knee joint. As a knee surgeon, I always advise patients to focus on strengthening their quads, which are the body’s strongest muscle group and play a vital role in everyday life.
Make sure you get the right advice.
As a knee surgeon, I acknowledge the concerns and fears of my patients and I strive to provide them with reassurance and support. I understand that knee replacement surgery can be a daunting prospect, but it is important to remember that it is a safe and effective treatment option for those who need it. I would encourage people to ask questions and seek advice from their healthcare provider to make an informed decision about their care.
How do I build up my quads?
When it comes to exercises that can help strengthen the quads, there are several options to choose from. Squats and lunges are two of the most effective exercises for strengthening the quads. They can be done with or without weights, depending on your fitness level and experience. Other exercises that can help strengthen the quads include leg presses, leg extensions, and step-ups. It is important to start slowly and gradually increase the intensity and duration of the exercises over time.
Get advice and support
Incorporating appropriate strengthening exercises into your daily routine can help prevent knee problems and improve your overall quality of life. Even if you don’t have knee arthritis you can benefit from these exercises. However, it is important to remember that every patient is unique and requires an individualized treatment plan. I’d always encourage people to work with a physiotherapist to develop a personalised treatment plan that meets their specific needs and goals.
In conclusion, knee osteoarthritis is a common condition that affects millions of people in the UK. Strengthening the quads with exercises such as squats and lunges can prevent or delay the progression of knee osteoarthritis and reduce the stress on the knee joint. I always encourage patients to ask questions and seek advice from their healthcare provider to make an informed decision about their care. Incorporating appropriate strengthening exercises into your daily routine can help prevent knee complications and improve your overall quality of life.