Gardening offers a variety of benefits for your body, but if you suffer from osteoarthritis of the knee or mobility issues, moving around your garden may be a challenging task. However, with a few adjustments and the proper tools, you can make gardening great again while managing your arthritis symptoms.
Osteoarthritis of the Knee: Tips on Gardening
Assess Your Needs
Before creating or modifying your garden, speak with our doctors to discuss what your physical limitations are and how you can modify activities so that gardening is more practicable. When setting up your garden, you must understand your strengths and restrictions in order to choose a gardening option that makes sense for you in terms of physical abilities
Ergonomically Designed Garden Tools
Manufacturers have developed a host of tools built to make gardening easier while reducing knee pain. Such tools include, cushioned kneeling pad, garden seat, plant caddy, no-bend weed puller, etc. Several patients have claimed that they are able to enjoy working outside again even with osteoarthritis or mobility limitations.
Use Alternative Planting Methods
Consider installing raised garden beds, hanging baskets, or grow bags to minimize the amount of bending and kneeling. These planting methods will allow you to enjoy gardening without the fear of worsening your knee pain.
Listen to Your Body
Your body generates pain signals to let you know something is wrong. Ignoring your body’s warning signs can lead to a flare-up of your osteoarthritis and reduce your ability to garden. Although gardening is a great source of exercise, it’s important to start slowly and take breaks if necessary.
Contact Us Today to Receive a Free Consultation.
If you love to garden but are suffering from osteoarthritis of the knee, we invite you to try our non-surgical solutions. Stop letting your knee pain impact your life. Let the doctors at Minnesota Arthritis Center help alleviate your pain and discomfort. Call us today at (651) 967-7614 to schedule a free, no-obligation screening.