Knee Osteoarthritis

Knee Osteoarthritis

<p>Research has shown that physiotherapy can be an&nbsp;effective treatment for knee osteoarthriti.&nbsp;</p><p>Symptoms of knee osteoarthritis often begin gradually, however they can be provoked by trauma to the knee.</p><p>Knee osteoarthritis can cause changes in the quality of cartilage, ligaments and bone surfaces within the joint. This can, but does not always lead to pain, stiffness and muscle weakness.</p><p>Research supports the use of specific exercises to improve symptoms and knee function. Physiotherapists at ALO Physiotherapy assess which structures are affected and identify the most effective form of treatment.</p><h3><strong>Symptoms include:</strong></h3><ul><li style="margin-left: 36pt;">Pain</li><li style="margin-left: 36pt;">Stiffness</li><li style="margin-left: 36pt;">Reduce range of movement</li><li style="margin-left: 36pt;">Pain with walking and stairs</li><li style="margin-left: 36pt;">Swelling</li></ul><h3><strong>Further information</strong></h3><p>Knee osteoarthritis is more common in people with:</p><ul><li style="margin-left: 36pt;">Obesity</li><li style="margin-left: 36pt;">Previous knee injury</li><li style="margin-left: 36pt;">Hypermobility</li></ul><h3><strong>Rehabilitation</strong></h3><p>Physiotherapists at ALO Physiotherapy design specific exercise programmes, precisely aligned to the stage of the osteoarthritis and specific problems the person is facing.</p><h3><strong>Rehabilitative exercises are likely to include:</strong></h3><ul><li style="margin-left: 36pt;">movements to improve range of motion</li><li style="margin-left: 36pt;">exercises to strengthen the main supporting muscles of the knee</li><li style="margin-left: 36pt;">balance exercises</li><li style="margin-left: 36pt;">exercises to improve specific activities which have become difficult</li></ul><h3><strong>Treatments which may be used by Physiotherapists at ALO:</strong></h3><ul><li style="margin-left: 36pt;">Rehabilitative exercises</li><li style="margin-left: 36pt;">Manual Therapy</li><li style="margin-left: 36pt;">Taping</li><li style="margin-left: 36pt;">Acupuncture</li><li style="margin-left: 36pt;">Electrotherapy</li><li style="margin-left: 36pt;">Clinical Massage Therapy</li></ul><h3><strong>Book an assessment at Harley Street, W1</strong></h3><p>Email: alo@alo-physiotherapy.co.uk</p><p>Call: 020 7636 8845</p><h3><strong>Resources:</strong></h3><p>Web Link: <a href="https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/cg177">NICE Guidance for management of osteoarthritis</a></p>