Arthritis is the most common lifestyle disease in individuals 65 years and older, and also affects individuals as young as 30 years of age.
Current national and international clinical guidelines recommend patient education, exercise and weight loss as first line treatment for arthritis.
While these guidelines are in place, arthritis treatment in Australia still usually focuses on surgery, pain relief or manual treatment before exercise and lifestyle modifications are carried out however we are starting to see this trend gradually change as GPs Surgeons and patients are becoming more aware of the importance of a more contemporary approach.
At Move for Better Health, we provide an evidence based arthritis program, which combines our own extensive experience in the management of arthritis, with the most current research from around the world.
The program includes thorough & specific strength testing, advice on how to manage the condition, and most importantly, a series of strengthening exercises under Physio supervision, which are shown to be beneficial for hip and knee arthritis. We then re-do the strength testing at the end of the program, so your Physio can objectively review your progress and make further recommendations.
The exercise component of our program is run in our Equipment Studio, which contains a range of exercise equipment and weights.
Managing knee and hip arthritis in this way has been shown to reduce the need for surgery, in particular, arthroscopies and joint replacements. After completing a program like this, patients have generally reported improved pain, better strength and improved quality of life.
If your hip is affected by arthritis, you may notice:
If your knee is affected by arthritis, you may notice:
To be eligible for this program, you will need to be referred by a Physiotherapist at Move for Better Health following an assessment.
In a Physiotherapy Assessment consultation your Physio will undertake a thorough assessment of more than just your arthritic joint, so we can determine exactly what your treatment needs are and whether this course is suitable for you as part of your treatment plan. Providing this program is appropriate, your Physiotherapist will provide you with further information, and help you get started. Please note that this assessment is not included in the cost of the program.
Online training program – In addition to the face to face sessions that you attend at Move for Better Health, you will also receive an online training program that you can follow at home, with exercises to perform between your gym sessions.
Additionally, the online program will also include information and resources to help you understand your condition and what you can do to help your symptoms improve. If you are not too confident with technology, don’t worry we can help you set up your device (phone or tablet) or even just print out these resources for you to take home on paper if you would prefer.
Move’s hip and knee arthritis program is open to all individuals who experience any knee or hip arthritis symptoms, like the ones mentioned above, regardless of severity. We are able to adjust your exercise program to suit your condition and comfort levels.
It is not necessary for you to have scans or X-rays, or to have been seen by a specialist for arthritis. Our Physiotherapists are qualified to diagnose your problem in the Physiotherapy Assessment.
If there are other reasons for your hip and/or knee pain, including tumors, inflammatory joint disease, result of hip fracture, soft tissue or connective tissue problems, chronic pain or fibromyalgia, then this program may not be suitable for you.
We happily liaise with your GP or Specialist to keep them up to date with your program and to advise if further assessment is required.
If you would like to participate in our Hip and Knee Arthritis program, you will need to start by booking your 45 minute Assessment with a physiotherapist at Move for Better Health.
You can do this by: