Been told you have arthritis or degenerative changes, or that your hips or knees are “bone on bone” ?
Are you lacking confidence in your knee or hip to be able to walk longer distances, go up or down stairs or put your shoes or socks on?
Been told to ‘just stop’ doing what you love and that you’re just putting off the inevitable of a hip or knee replacement?
You’re in the right place! Osteoarthritis is one of the most common causes of hip and knee pain we see in the clinic and we’ve helped hundreds of people with hip or knee pain get improvements in their function, reduction in their pain, rely less on joint related pain killers and delay or even completely avoid joint replacement surgery. Let us help you do the same.
One in 11 Australians experience arthritis, meaning it affects more than 2.2 million Australians. It can be caused or influenced by risk factors including previous joint damage, being overweight, heavy work, weak muscles and irreversible factors such as age, sex and heredity. Typically osteoarthritis develops slowly over many years and affects articular structures like the joint capsule, menisci and ligaments. The final stage of OA is consistent with articular cartilage loss and changes in the underlying bone. Knee and hip joints are most often affected and represent the largest population affected by OA.
Clients with osteoarthritis can have difficulties with tasks such as:
- Putting on shoes and socks
- Going up or down stairs
Standing up from a chair
Standing and walking for long periods of time
Leisure activities and sports
What you might not know is that FIRST line treatment of hip and knee osteoarthritis recommend patient education, exercise and weight loss before injection therapy or surgery. Why? Because it’s effective, research based and completely safe.
How can Physiotherapy help?
Currently, the best Physiotherapy management for hip and knee OA that you can receive is in accordance with the GLA:D program. GLA:D stands for Good Life with Arthritis in Denmark (that is currently being rolled out in Australia) and represents a nationwide evidence-based initiative that follows the best and most current recommendations for the treatment of hip and knee osteoarthritis.
It’s a 6 week education and exercise program which demonstrated fantastic results and had over 30,000 enrolled participants in Denmark.
Upon completion of the GLA:D program, participants are reporting:
- Improved joint confidence
- Reduced pain
- Improved quality of life
- Less sick days
- Less likely to feel the need for surgery
Still not sure the GLA:D program is right for you? Here’s some things you need to know:
- Rest and avoidance of activity and exercise with OA will make your pain worse
- Exercise is safe and helps
- Findings on your scans are poorly correlated to pain and disability
- Your degree of arthritis on imaging DOES NOT predict your pain and disability levels
- 20% of people do not get any pain relief from knee joint replacement
Lastly, the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners clinical practice guidelines states:
“We strongly recommend offering land based exercise for all people with knee and hip OA to improve function and pain regardless of their age, structural disease severity, functional status or pain levels”
- 2 x 1 hour education sessions.
- 6 weeks of 2 x 1 hour supervised exercise sessions at a minimum but with better outcomes likely in individuals who complete the program for 12 weeks.
Want to know more? Check below for our upcoming completely FREE, no-obligation GLA:D first education sessions. This session will look to give you all the information you need about osteoarthritis, dispel many of the myths about OA management, and provide you with some clarity about the best way forward to keep you living the life you want. There will also be time for a Q&A so you can voice any questions or concerns you may have.
Upcoming: Monday the 3rd of February at 7.45pm prior to commencement of our 6 week GLA:D program.
To read more about the GLA:D program, the research behind it and any other information you might be seeking, hit the following link:
If you or a family member are struggling to find relief from hip or knee osteoarthritis and want to get back to your physical best and doing all that you love, call the clinic on 8490 0777 to secure your free education spot or else book online for your initial consultation today to get started. Alternatively, fill out the enquiry form below and we’ll get one of our experienced Physiotherapists to give you a call.