Debunking Myths for Knee OA: Separating Fact from Fiction

Knee osteoarthritis (OA) can be a perplexing condition, often clouded by common myths that contribute to confusion and uncertainty. In this enlightening blog post, we embark on a journey to dispel these pervasive myths. We believe that knowledge is power, and by debunking these misconceptions, we empower you to take control of your knee OA with confidence and clarity. Knee pain need not be a mystery; it can be a puzzle we solve together.

Myth 1: “Knee OA is Only for Seniors”

Fact: While it’s true that knee OA is more common as we age, it can affect people of all ages. Injury, genetics, and lifestyle factors can play a role. So, don’t dismiss knee pain just because you’re not a senior. Early intervention is key to managing knee OA effectively.

Myth 2: “Knee OA Means You’re ‘Bone on Bone”

Fact: This is a prevalent misconception. Knee OA does involve the wear and tear of cartilage, but it doesn’t necessarily mean your knee joint is completely “bone on bone.” In fact, there are several treatment options, including exercise, to help manage knee OA, even when some cartilage remains.

Myth 3: “Exercise Will Make Knee OA Worse”

Fact: Quite the opposite! Exercise is a cornerstone in managing knee OA. When done correctly, it strengthens the muscles around your knee, providing support and reducing joint stress. It can alleviate pain, enhance joint function, and improve your overall quality of life.

Myth 4: “Knee OA Requires Surgery”

Fact: Surgery is not the first line of defence for knee OA. Many people can effectively manage their condition with conservative treatments like exercise, physiotherapy, weight management, and medications. Surgery is usually considered when these options don’t provide relief.

Myth 5: “Rest is the Best Treatment”

Fact: While rest is essential during acute flare-ups, prolonged inactivity can weaken muscles and worsen knee OA. Gentle, controlled exercise, under the guidance of a physiotherapist or exercise physiologist, is often the best approach to maintain joint function and reduce pain.

Myth 6: “Knee OA is Inevitable”

Fact: Just because you have risk factors like age or family history doesn’t mean you’ll develop knee OA. Healthy lifestyle choices, weight management, and joint-friendly exercises can significantly reduce your risk.

Myth 7: “All Exercises Are the Same for Knee OA”

Fact: Exercise should be tailored to your specific needs and abilities. Not all exercises are suitable for everyone with knee OA. A personalised exercise plan designed by an expert can help you achieve the best results safely.


At Medicine in Motion, we believe in empowering you with accurate information to manage your knee OA effectively. Don’t let myths and misconceptions hold you back. If you or a loved one is dealing with knee OA, reach out to our experienced team of exercise physiologists and physiotherapists. We’ll work with you to develop a personalised plan that addresses your unique needs and helps you stay active and healthy.

Knee OA may be a part of your journey, but it doesn’t define it. With the right guidance and the right mindset, you can continue to enjoy a life in motion. Contact us today to take the first step toward a brighter and improved quality of life future.

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