Arthritis is one of the most common causes of hip and knee pain that we treat in the clinic. This is unsurprising with one in 11 Australians experiencing arthritis, and 64% of Australians with arthritis having moderate to substantial work-related disability. Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis and can be defined as degeneration of the joint cartilage, the cushioning surface present on the ends of our bones. Clients with osteoarthritis can have difficulties with tasks such as:
- Putting on shoes and socks
Standing up from a chair
Standing and walking for long periods of time
Leisure activities and sports
These degenerative changes can lead to joint pain, swelling and stiffness that impact on simple daily tasks.
But, there’s good news! Physiotherapy is very effective in reducing pain and improving function in sufferers of hip and knee Osteoarthritis.
All of our Physios at Thrive Physio Plus have been exposed to the GLAD ‘Good Life with Arthritis: Denmark’ exercise program which places emphasis on strengthening and correcting daily movement patterns. Research on the GLAD program shows:
- Symptom progression reduces by up to 23%
- A 25% reduction in reported pain levels on average
- Increased levels of physical activity 12 months after starting the program.
- Up to 74% of individuals who participated in the GLAD program were able to avoid total knee replacement.
How can Physio help me?
- Strengthening the muscles of the leg and hip for added support and to reduce the force on your knee joint in accordance with the GLA:D program
Helping you to become involved in regular physical activity
Maintaining a healthy weight through liaison with other health professionals
Balancing activity with rest
Using hot and cold packs
At Thrive Physio Plus, we can provide you with individually tailored client self-care strategies, including relevant goals for pain management and exercise training in our fully functional on-site gym. To achieve optimal results, tailored exercise therapy following the GLAD program should be performed 2-3 times per week.
We often find that secondary effects of arthritis include functional deficits in the knee and hip, altered balance and associated weakness of surrounding musculature-so these also become incorporated into our program once effective pain management has taken place.
So the take home message here is: there’s no need to avoid gentle exercise when experiencing arthritis. In fact, exercise can be fantastic for keeping us strong and mobile, minimising the effects of this condition.
If you or a family member are struggling to find relief from arthritis and want to get back to your physical best and doing all that you love, call the clinic on 8490 0777 or book online. Alternatively, fill out the enquiry form below and we’ll get one of our experienced Physiotherapists to give you a call.