Osteoarthritis (O.A.) is a degenerative joint disease and one of the ten most disabling diseases in develpoed countries. It is estimated that 15% of Australians have arthritis and of these people, 51 % have O.A. (Australian Bureau of Statistics, National Health Survey 2004-2005). Arthritis is a major cause of pain, disability and health care use. The costs associated with ingoing care of people with OA are very high.
Arthritic knees are one of the most common and debilitating forms of arthritis with the worst cases requiring knee replacements. Preventing the severity of pain and degeneration can give people a much improved quality of life and hopefully prevent or at least delay the need for a knee replacement. There are a few known means of helping prevent the severity of pain and disability associated with arthritic knees. These include strengthening exercises and mobilisations from a physiotherapist. A recent study from Holland found that combining exercises and mobilisations from a physiotherapist were better than one of these on their own. The good news is there is proven help for arthritic knees, you do not have to suffer, stop being active on your feet and wait until it gets bad enough for a knee replacement, help is only a phone call away. Our Physiotherapists are highly experienced in the treatment of arthritic knees.
Article published in “The Village Observer”, June 2011, written by Burns Bay Physiotherapy.