Knee Pain And Arthritis Treatment
Find out how to Get Back On Your Feet
Knee pain, knee arthritis
What is arthritis?
Knee pain treatment
Did you know that your body is in a constant state of change?
This means that every day, things are changing: bone is broken down and rebuilt, muscles tear and new muscle is formed to make them heal and become stronger. This is normal.
ARTHRITIS SYMPTOMS INCLUDE:
PAINFUL, ACHY JOINTS (KNEE, HIP)
STIFFNESS WALKING OR SITTING
PAIN AFTER A LOT OF ACTIVITY
Arthritis will not go away but many live without pain. Studies have proven that aerobic and strengthening exercises are safe for osteoarthritis and can reduce knee pain, even with bone-on-bone arthritis. Exercise does NOT make the disease progress faster. Research shows that running can actually protect your knee.
- Manual therapy. Joint mobilization can temporarily relieve pain and increase range of motion. Afterwards, proper stretches for knee pain can prolong the changes
- Strengthening exercise. Exercise at least 2x/week to increase strength and reduce pain. Physiotherapists can assess which muscles are weak and teach you exercises with the home equipment you already have
- Offloads pressure on the joint
- Improves alignment
- Aerobic exercise. An exercise program consisting of the things you like to do so your body can adapt and learn to do them with less pain
- Pumps out inflammation
- Improves cartilage health
- Releases healing synovial fluid into your joint
- Weight loss. For every 1lb lost, there is a 4lb reduction in pressure on the knee. A physiotherapist can prescribe a safe, effective exercise program to promote weight loss. Even without losing weight, the above treatments can help provide knee pain relief
Types of arthritis. For those with osteoarthritis, rebuilding and adapting to exercise can take longer. This does not mean that you should stop exercising, just that you may need more guidance.
Exercise. When you exercise, these processes happen much faster as your body adapts to the increased load. Your body must lay down bone and muscle in the body parts you are exercising.
Physiotherapy for knee arthritis.
Arthritis can be painful if you spike your activity levels or do them improperly. A physiotherapist can
- Assess the cause of your pain
- Perform treatment to lower the pain
- Design an individualized exercise program to build up the joints
It is possible for many people, even those with severe osteoarthritis of the knee, to greatly reduce or eliminate pain.
Get Back On Your Feet
Our physiotherapists can help you get back on your feet and relieve your knee pain.
Call us at 604-738-1168 and schedule an assessment with one of your North Burnaby physiotherapists who will help you learn how to manage your knee arthritis.