"A study published in the Arthritis & Rheumatism journal found that adults in their 50s, 60s, and 70s reduced their knee pain and improved their knee function by strengthening their quads.
Strong, flexible muscles help keep your knees (and any other joint) healthy. Keeping the muscles that support your knees strong helps reduce stress on your knees.
Quadriceps, or "quads" for short, particularly need your attention. These muscles in the front of your thigh help your knee absorb shock. Exercising and strengthening your quads can also help reduce knee strain and pain and prevent future knee injury.
In addition, researchers have found that weaker strength in your quads is seen in those with knee osteoarthritis, even in the early stages." Mayo Clinic EmbodyHealth newsletter http://www.mayoclinic.com/
In addition to an exercise program, meditation, acupuncture, chiropractic, and massage therapy have all been shown to reduce pain. http://www.webmd.com/
As always consult your physician before starting any new program.
Pamela Pomplun-Morgan, Healing Essence Massage