Osteoarthritis of the knee is a common problem for many people after middle age. Osteoarthritis is the type of arthritis that involves the cartilage of the joint. The main symptom of osteoarthritis of the knee are pain, swelling, stiffness and decreased activity level. Pain is usually worse with activity and better with rest. Commonly wasting of the thigh muscles ensues which in turn increases pain and cause symptoms of giving way. Symptoms of locking and catching are common. Episodic flare ups involving a course of sudden pain that settles over several weeks are characteristic of osteoarthritis, as a result of the inflammatory process. Symptoms can be managed with the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and pain relievers and physiotherapy. There is good evidence that having better developed quadricep muscles significantly improves the function and comfort of your aging knees.

There are various conditions that result in pain in the knees. The first step is to have your knee(s) assessed and problem diagnosed by your doctor or physiotherapist. An exercise program specific to your pathology, its stage and your activity level is the mainstay of treatment by a physiotherapist.  Apart from therapeutic exercise, it is important to maintain general exercise be it swimming, walking running, bike, riding …..

As strong advocates of regular exercise and movement for health, Janet Brandt-Sarif Physiotherapy is proud to support the Lane Cove Community Initiative “More More in March”.    Do something positive for your knees and your health by joining in this community program as regular exercise, and walking in particular, has been proven to improve symptoms of Osteoarthritis.

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