Sports you can do with arthrosis

The diagnosis of “arthrosis” is made to a huge number of people daily, and this does not always depend on a person’s lifestyle and other factors. This disease can affect even those involved in sports. But a disease in which the mobility of the joints is impaired and severe pain occurs, often forces people to abandon physical activity.

But this ailment is not a sentence, you don’t even have to give up your usual lifestyle, let’s look at whether it’s possible to play sports with arthrosis, as well as analyze the most popular types of physical activity. We remind you that gonarthrosis, that is, arthrosis of the knee joint, will be considered, because it is he who often becomes an obstacle to sports, because the same arthrosis of the fingers can not stop you from running, and everything can happen when limiting the mobility of the knee.

Is sport allowed in the presence of arthrosis?

Experts, answering this question, recommend leaving only moderate physical exertion, they will not be able to harm a person in any way and will help alleviate his condition. Such a sport is swimming, because in the water there is practically no load on the joint, but almost all the muscles are worked out.

So you can not only get rid of the pain, but also partially eliminate the stiffness in the joint and restore the cartilage tissue, which is only possible with the complex treatment that the specialist will prescribe for you. Once again, we note that some sports are still not prohibited by doctors, but we will analyze them in detail a little later. As for prohibited sports, it is customary to attribute here options that imply the presence of serious loads on the joint.

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Almost all experts adhere to the same opinion, its essence lies in a positive opinion about walking, as a physical exercise for arthrosis of the knee and hip joints (with other types of ailment, walking is also allowed, but it is better to consult a specialist, because in rare cases it is recommended to preserve the joint) .

Here are the main positive changes that you can notice if you start to walk constantly:

  1. The blood circulation process will be greatly improved, as you will stimulate the cardiovascular system;
  2. Muscle tone will be established and you will always feel good;
  3. Stiffness of movements can be partially eliminated, therefore, you can increase their volume;
  4. The ligamentous apparatus will be strengthened, which will reduce the risk of injury and help in the fight against arthrosis itself.

Everything must be done as far as possible, for example, if you have arthrosis of the 3rd degree, and problems arise even when going to the store, then long walks will only harm you. The fact is that the composition should in no case be rebooted, otherwise the disease will only progress more strongly.

Exercise bike

Exercise bike is a sufficient ambiguous exercise. Most patients are not recommended to use an exercise bike, since the load on the joint is still quite large, but each situation is individual, so for some people, such an exercise will only benefit. Of course, it is necessary to find out about the possibility of conducting classes on an exercise bike from a doctor, and when obtaining permission it is important to constantly attend consultations in order to monitor dynamics (this is important at least during the first few months of training on an exercise bike).

There are benefits from this kind of training, because the joint must be loaded, otherwise it will not function fully. Any exercise helps slow the destruction of cartilage, and mobility in the knee will be significantly improved. When choosing a sport, it is important to simply correlate the benefits and possible harm, which doctors always pay attention to.

In any case, classes should be carried out with the minimum loads that are only possible with the simulator.

And about the run, experts unanimously unlike the previously mentioned exercise options. It is almost always strictly forbidden, and this extends even to the initial stages of arthrosis. The fact is that when running there is a very strong shock load, which provokes the process of destruction of the cartilage.

Here are the main sports that doctors are forbidden to practice for the same reason as running (accordingly, any other physical activities that require running are also prohibited):


If the doctor can still consider the possibility of easy runs in the first stage of arthrosis, then in the presence of the second stage of the disease there is only one answer – it is impossible.


As mentioned earlier, swimming is one of the best sports in the presence of problems associated with joints. The load on them is significantly reduced when in the water, but at the same time it is possible to work out many muscle groups, will bring them into tone. Thanks to swimming, you can stabilize the calf muscle, as well as the cruciate ligament and quadriceps, which will help get rid of severe pain in the knees.

Some experts can also advise you on swimming styles, because a lot depends on them. Do not forget about the presence in the pools of special classes in groups for people who have problems with the musculoskeletal system. If you have the opportunity to swim in sea water, and not in the pool, then use it, because the load on the joints is even more reduced in it, and salt water has a positive effect. The fact is that it contains some important natural components that can enhance blood circulation.

Swimming will allow you to recover as quickly as possible, as well as protect yourself from arthrosis of the knee joint in the future. If you do not have access to the pool, for example, because you live in a remote region where there are no such sports centers, then you still do not need to give up sports, do the same walking, but only in consultation with your doctor.

Performing various physical exercises that help improve your condition, do not forget about drug therapy, which your doctor will definitely prescribe for you. Yes, sport is very important, but arthrosis can be defeated only through high-quality complex therapy. The lack of physical activity leads to a weakening of the muscle frame, as well as the ligamentous apparatus, which will negatively affect the joints.

Shishkevich Vladimir

Shishkevich Vladimir, orthopedic and traumatologist, project editor-in-chief ExpertNews. It specializes in the treatment of diseases in orthopedic, traumatological, vertebrological profiles