So you’ve been diagnosed with knee osteoarthritis…..What now?
What exactly is osteoarthritis of the knee?
Osteoarthritis is degeneration of the knee joint surfaces with associated inflammation.
Normal knee joint surfaces are smooth and congruent with a cushioning and shock absorbing cartilage. In an osteoarthritic knee the cartilage wears down reducing the shock absorption of the knee joint and the joint often looses its smooth shape due to wearing of the bone ends, and in the later stages osteophytes (boney processes) may form which further reduce knee congruency.
The inflammation and swelling can explain why you may feel the aching pain in your knee. The wearing of the cartilage and bone can explain why you might feel crepitus (grinding) in the knee and may have lost range of joint movement and also contribute to pain due to the pain sensitive lining to the bone.
Why did I get it?
What do I do now?
What can a physiotherapist offer me in terms of treatment?
Example of exercises that may help you with maintaining you range of movement and knee strength.
Perform each exercise 10 times and work towards performing 3 sets of each over time.
We have made the decision to close Proactive Physiotherapy for face-to-face consultations for the time being, in the interests of everybody's health. All appointments that have been booked for the coming weeks will be suspended until further notice.
We will very soon have our telehealth service, Physio By Video, up and running. All patients who currently have appointments booked and are eligible for this service will be contacted about using Physio By Video in the coming days. Anybody who is interested in this service should please contact us by email: email@example.com, or by phone on 40536222.
Reception will be attended between 9:00am and 12:00pm Monday to Friday, or you can leave us a voice message at other times.
Thank you for your understanding. We wish you all safety and good health in the coming days and weeks.
Julie Faulks and the entire Proactive Physio team.