Dr. Weber explains if muscle strengthening exercises can help a woman diagnosed with osteoarthritis.
Yes. Strengthening exercises can help with osteoarthritis because it improves joint function. It, the muscles surrounding the joint are really the support for the joint. So if you have strong muscles around the joint that has osteoarthritis, it helps absorb some of the impact that the joint would need to absorb if the muscles aren’t strong as they should be. So, we really encourage strengthening exercises in our osteoporotic, I’m sorry, osteoarthritic patients to help really support the joint and to improve their biomechanics, which also, again, supports the affected joint.
About Dr. Weber, M.D.:
Dr. Kathy Weber, the Director of Primary Care/Sports Medicine and Women's Sports Medicine at Rush University Medical Center, possesses a unique expertise with the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal issues. Dr. Weber received her M.D. from Rush Medical College in 1996 and subsequently completed her internship and residency in internal medicine at Rush University Medical Center. After completing her residency, Dr. Weber was asked to remain at Rush for an additional year to assume the prestigious position of Chief Resident of Internal Medicine. She then completed a fellowship in sports medicine at the University of California Medical Center in San Diego.