Yoga may ease arthritic knee pain

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Posted: Friday, August 29, 2014 10:36 am

If your achy knees are beginning to get the best of you, you may want to “Strike a pose.”

Yoga may not only help decrease the pain and stiffness caused by knee osteoarthritis, but it may improve function, too.

A recent study out of the University of Minnesota looked at the effects yoga had on the knees of 36 women.

They were between the ages of 65 and 90 and all had been diagnosed with knee osteoarthritis.

They took part in a 60-minute yoga class once a week for 8 weeks, while some also did shorter sessions at home.

Results show that at the end of 8 weeks a majority of the women reported less pain, less stiffness, better function, and an improved quality of life.

Researchers are encouraged by the results, but say more studies are needed.

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