Knee osteoarthritis, which causes decreased joint range of motion (JROM) and muscle flexibility, is one of the most common causes of knee discomfort and functional limitations in the elderly.
Joint discomfort and dysfunction are caused by two key factors: muscle weakness and poor flexibility. Joint function is affected by a lack of muscle flexibility.
Early-stage arthritis patients may find that moving the affected portions of their bodies is more difficult than before. Loss of flexibility, also known as range of motion loss, can be exacerbated by joint stiffness and pain.
The range of motion of your joints refers to how far you can move them in their natural patterns. The range of motion of your knee, for example, is fully bending and extending it. Limited range of motion refers to a limitation in the typical range of motion in any of the joints.
Joint range of motion reduces with age, but it can also be caused by a variety of illnesses. You may not be able to bend your knee as far if you have arthritis. Flexibility loss is usually a slow and steady process.
Stretching and exercise on a regular basis can help to enhance flexibility and overall health by keeping the joint moving. Examples of these exercises include heel slides and stretching with a yoga strap.