Joint Physiotherapy: Physiotherapy for Knee Osteoarthritis

Introduction

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease that commonly affects the knees and hips. This may result in pain, stiffness and loss of joint function where it occurs. 1 in 5 Australians over the age of 45 have osteoarthritis. It is a leading cause of chronic pain and disability, often affecting physical function and overall mental well-being. Risk factors for knee and hip osteoarthritis include obesity, and previous joint injury. As the population ages and becomes increasingly overweight, the incidence of osteoarthritis is rising. There is strong evidence to support strategies for slowing this disease progression, relieving pain and minimizing disability. 

 

How does Physiotherapy help with knee osteoarthritis? 

The main goals of osteoarthritis management are to reduce pain and stiffness, reduce disease progression, optimize and maintain function to enhance quality of life. 

Studies show strong evidence that exercise therapy, weight management and pharmacological treatment plays an important role in managing osteoarthritis symptoms. Exercises would be helpful to decrease pain, improve joint motion, and strengthen muscles. This can be done before or while waiting for the elective joint replacement surgery. 

Physiotherapy management for osteoarthritis aims to improve joint mobility, strength, physical function to keep up with an active lifestyle. This is achieved through a combination of pain-relieving techniques such as manual therapy, dry needling and an exercise rehabilitation program. 

 

What we do at North Shore Physiotherapy Clinic to help with your knee osteoarthritis

Your physiotherapy session would consist of a detailed assessment on your mobility, strength, functional ability with the understanding of your overall health and any pre-existing conditions. 

Your physiotherapist will be able to assist with pain management through a variety of treatment methods that are best suited for you and come up with a personalized evidence-based management plan and exercise program to achieve your preferred level of activity or goals. This active management plan would in turn help to improve pain, overall health management, strength, self-management and possibly the readiness for surgery if needed in future.

For more insights into enhancing your well-being and exploring the diverse benefits of physiotherapy, don’t miss our article on the power of active physiotherapy. Discover how active engagement in physiotherapy can significantly improve your lifestyle and overall health.

Active physiotherapy is a cornerstone of modern rehabilitative medicine, offering a pathway to recovery and enhanced physical performance that is both evidence-based and patient-centered. By engaging in active physiotherapy, individuals are not just passive recipients of treatment but active participants in their journey towards optimal health and mobility.

This approach empowers patients, giving them the tools and knowledge to manage their conditions effectively and maintain their health improvements over the long term. From targeted exercises that improve strength and flexibility to education on posture and movement patterns that prevent future injuries, active physiotherapy is a holistic approach to wellness.

Whether you’re recovering from an injury, managing a chronic condition, or simply looking to improve your overall physical fitness, active physiotherapy offers tailored interventions that address your unique needs and goals. By fostering a collaborative relationship between therapist and patient, this dynamic form of therapy ensures that each step forward is taken with confidence and support.

Beyond the physical benefits, active physiotherapy also plays a crucial role in enhancing mental well-being. Engaging in a structured rehabilitation program can significantly reduce feelings of anxiety and depression that often accompany injury or chronic pain. The sense of progress and achievement, no matter how small, fosters a positive mindset and boosts self-esteem.

In conclusion, active physiotherapy is more than just a series of exercises and treatments; it’s a comprehensive approach to health that harmonizes the physical and psychological aspects of recovery. By taking an active role in your physiotherapy journey, you’re not just working towards healing; you’re investing in a lifestyle that prioritizes well-being and resilience.

Explore our insights on active physiotherapy and discover how you can take an active role in your physical well-being today.

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