How to get active despite osteoarthritis

As with many other medical conditions, a knee OA diagnosis requires that you take the initiative. We highly recommend a healthy lifestyle that includes regular movement. This not only helps to develop muscles, but also promotes the flow of nutrients to the affected joint cartilage.

The following exercises can help you maintain your freedom of movement. Before you start, you should consult your physician or physiotherapist to find out whether the respective exercise is right for you.

If used in a targeted manner, coordination training and movement exercises can help you retain your mobility and even improve the functionality of the joint while relieving your pain. Mild pain is acceptable during stabilisation training, provided that pain does not increase when at rest in comparison to the start of training.

(Source: DZS 67. 11/16 276 ff.; PT Praxis 9.16. 35 ff.)


Exercise level 1

Exercises for stabilisation, coordination and retaining mobility in case of mild osteoarthritis.

Exercise level 2

Exercises for stabilisation, coordination and retaining mobility in case of mild to moderate osteoarthritis.


Learning to eat healthy

The food pyramid provides a good overview of how you can eat a balanced, nutritious diet that will benefit your joints. Reducing the fat and calories you consume pays off, as a low body weight relieves your joints. So if you are overweight, consider dieting under the supervision of your physician.

Basic rules:

  • Avoid consuming nicotine and alcohol
  • Include salad, vegetables and fish in your diet
  • Use cold-pressed oils as often as possible