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.
At Proactive Physiotherapy we recognise that people still injure themselves, and are in pain, so we are still open for face-to-face consultations for the time being, In the interests of everybody's health we are trying to minimise these face to face treatments, so if your condition can be helped without face to face treatment we will offer you telehealth or phone consults.
For your safety, we have reduced physiotherapists hours to allow us to have only two physiotherapists and one receptionist in the clinic at any one time. We use screening questionnaires for everyone attending the clinic and have strict sanitising procedures in place.
For anyone that doesn't want to come into the clinic, our telehealth service, “Physio By Video” is up and running. Anybody who is interested in this service should contact us by email: email@example.com, or by phone on 40536222 and a physiotherapist can discuss how this works.
Reception will be attended between 830am and 5pm and Monday to Thursday and 830am to midday on 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.