Can you use a exersoe bike with bone on bone knee oa

I want to use a exercise bike but I have bone on bone knee OA is it ok to use one thanks


  • Hi @Blueskyday68

    This is a choice that is entirely up to you, and only you know your body limits. I am in the same position as you and am stupid enough to push myself too far! I am quite active and do a lot, but pay for it afterwards so one thing that I would say is stop when you need to. Alter the resistance and speed if you can and only use it in short bursts if you decide to use it at all.

    Below you will find some links that could be useful to you:

    Are you currently under a physiotherapist or specialist that you could speak to? Whatever your decision, just take it steady and listen to your body!

    Take care,


  • jamieA
    jamieA Member Posts: 273

    Hi @Blueskyday68

    Funnily enough I had a telephone consultation(go figure!) with an NHS Rheumatology physio last week. He suggested that I expand my existing walking routine with swimming and an exercise bike. I've got PsA but have now been diagnosed with OA in both my knees. I'm not too keen on the exercise bike as I found that really boring when I tried it before so he suggested I could use a real bike but only on flat surfaces to ensure I'm not putting too much pressure on my knees. He said moving the knee joints regularly is essential.

  • Elyons
    Elyons Member Posts: 3

    Hi all new member here and interested in this thread - have just been diagnosed with OA to the knee which is bone on bone and probably been that way for 3 years or so according to the specialist - my knees have always been an issue but to date I have been managing by backing off exercise when any material swelling has started - to date I have been fortunate re low levels of pain - I have always done lots of sport and want to maintain exercise levels where I can so first step for me is switching out risky/impact sport for lower impact alternatives

    So far (first week) I have started with exercise bikes and cross trainers - am fortunate in having gym membership so can try a few different things out - looks like the football will have to stop and any running will be significantly reduced although would be keen to hear from anyone still running (modestly!) with OA - The cycling (initially fixed then out on the road) looks a sensible way forward/alternative but would also be good to share experiences with anyone still managing to accommodate a small bit of running ?



  • HelenS
    HelenS Administrator Posts: 78

    Hi @Elyons Thank you for posting, you are very welcome.

    Exercise is one of the best ways you can help yourself when you have osteoarthritis, and running as its an aerobic exercise as it increases your pulse rate and makes you a bit short of breath. Regular aerobic exercise can help you in many ways.

    Hopefully you will find the following links useful

    Do keep commenting across the Community. It's a great place for a chat or just to call in to let people know how you are getting on.

    Take care

    Helen, Admin

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