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Got Osteoarthritis Knee Pain? Try Walking Backward!

Posted on April 02, 2024

Walking backward is trending on Tik Tok. Proponents claim it's a miracle cure for everything from running injuries to boredom when exercising. But, recently, reports have emerged that it can also help manage knee pain due to osteoarthritis. Could that be true? Keep reading to find out!

walking backward with a friend can help relieve osteoarthritis knee pain

Walking Backward for Knee Pain

When you have knee pain due to osteoarthritis, you may suffer additional symptoms including, stiffness, swelling and limited mobility. As such, many people seek medical interventions such as Genicular Artery Embolization to relieve their arthritis pain without surgery.

However, since some patients prefer to manage arthritis with non-invasive lifestyle treatments, interest in walking backward is growing steadily. But how can this exercise help? Here's the story: moving backward engages different muscle groups, quickly relieving joint pressure in the knees.

Specifically, this form of movement engages the muscles in your quadriceps. And, in doing so, you can give your knee muscles a good stretch, helping boost mobility and reduce pain. Ready to give this workout to relieve arthritis pain a try? Remember that you're more likely to fall or trip when walking backward. So go slow, train indoors, and walk with supervision whenever possible.

Going Beyond the Relief of Walking Backward

Lifestyle interventions such as exercise typically work well for patients with mild to moderate knee arthritis pain. But once your condition progresses, you will likely need a medical intervention to relieve your knee pain.Ready to relieve your pain but want to avoid surgery? Click here to request an appointment at the Georgia Knee Institute to see if you're a candidate for genicular artery embolization.

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