Why are stretching exercises useful in the treatment of osteoarthritis (OA)?

Updated: Jun 10, 2020
  • Author: Carlos J Lozada, MD; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Osteoarthritis of the knee may result in disuse atrophy of the quadriceps. Because these muscles help protect the articular cartilage from further stress, quadriceps strengthening is likely to benefit patients with knee osteoarthritis. Stretching exercises are also important in the treatment of osteoarthritis because they increase range of motion.


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