25 April 2003
Even low-intensity exercise helps people with knee osteoarthritis, according to a Cochrane review.
(Cochrane reviews are conducted by the Cochrane Collaboration, an international organisation aimed at helping people make well-informed decisions about healthcare by undertaking scientific reviews of evidence for certain treatments.)
The review showed that high- and low-intensity stationary cycling were equally effective in improving functional status, gait, pain and aerobic capacity.
'As long as people with osteoarthritis do not have comorbidities [other conditions] that could prove life threatening with prolonged aerobic activity, all people with osteoarthritis of the knee should consider being involved in an aerobic exercise programme of either high or low intensity,' the reviewers wrote (Cochrane 2003, issue 2).
Last Reviewed: 23 April 2003