Hip & Knee Osteoarthritis Program | Malvern & Magill.

Osteoarthritis 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 Osteoarthritis.

While these guidelines are in place, Osteoarthritis treatment in Australia still usually focuses on surgery, pain relief or manual treatment before exercise and lifestyle modifications are carried out.

GLA:D, or Good Life with osteoArthritis: Denmark, is an education and exercise program developed by researchers in Denmark for people with hip or knee osteoarthritis symptoms. The program includes an assessment with a Physiotherapist, advice on how to manage the condition, and most importantly, a series of strengthening exercises which are shown to be beneficial for hip and knee Osteoarthritis.

At Move for Better Health, we provide an evidence based Osteoarthritis program, which incorporates the extensive GLA:D research, in addition to other recommended treatments for Osteoarthritis. The program is run in our Gym, which contains a range of exercise equipment and weights.

Managing knee and hip Osteoarthritis 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.

What does Hip & Knee Osteoarthritis feel like?

If your hip is affected by Osteoarthritis, you may notice:

  • Pain on or around your hip, groin, thigh or knees
  • Trouble getting in and out of cars
  • Difficulty putting on socks or picking things up from the floor
  • Difficulty straightening the hip
  • Standing or carrying a load for long periods

If your knee is affected by Osteoarthritis, you may notice:

  • Pain when weight bearing
  • Stiff or unstable legs
  • Knees giving out
  • Crunching or clicking
  • Difficult ascending or descending stairs
  • Moving from a sitting position to a standing position
  • Knock knees
  • Bow legs

What’s involved in this program?

Our program consists of:

  • A Physiotherapy Assessment – this allows us to undertake a thorough assessment of more than just your arthritic joint, so we can determine exactly what your treatment needs are. We also take a number of specific measurements and perform outcome measures, to establish your baseline. These will be remeasured at the conclusion of the course to track your progress and improvement. This session also allows the Physiotherapist to determine whether you would benefit from seeing a Podiatrist, who can determine if your footwear or foot biomechanics play a role in your problem
  • Tailored Strengthening Gym Classes – Run by Physiotherapists, it is recommended that you attend 2 classes per week over a 6 week period to ensure you get the best possible results
  • A Review Assessment – this allows us to reassess you to see how far you’ve progressed, and provide updated recommendations for the long term management of your condition

There are also home exercises prescribed to you throughout the course as part of the program. To create your tailored exercise programs we use a free app called PhysiApp. PhysiApp lets you complete your prescribed exercise program by following crystal-clear, narrated exercise videos. Built-in reminders help you to stay on track.

This assessment and tailored strengthening gym classes are all held at our clinic, Move for Better Health which is located at 277 Unley Road, Malvern, Adelaide (South Australia).

Who can join?

Move’s hip and knee Osteoarthritis course is open to all individuals who experience any knee or hip Osteoarthritis 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.

How to start?

If you would like to participate our Hip and Knee Osteoarthritis program, you will need to start by booking your 45 minute Assessment with Sam Campagnale, Physiotherapist.

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