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To help treat osteoarthritis in my knee, which muscles should I strengthen?

To help treat osteoarthritis of the knee, the level of muscle strength in the thigh muscle (quadriceps) and muscles around the hip is important. Strengthening these muscles can relieve symptoms and prevent more damage.

To keep osteoarthritis of the knee from interfering with your daily activities, maintain a light exercise regimen -- and stick to it faithfully. The amount and form of exercise you can do will depend on how stable your knee joint is and whether a joint replacement has already been done.

Ask your healthcare provider or physical therapist what exercises are best for you. Ask for guidelines on exercising when your knee is sore or if swelling is present.

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