Today, I want to shed some light on a topic that could make a world of difference for anyone dealing with knee arthritis – Physiotherapy!

Knee arthritis can affect our daily lives, making simple tasks like walking, climbing stairs, or even bending down to pick something up a real challenge. But fear not! Physiotherapy is here to help.  
Pain Relief:  Physiotherapists use various techniques, including manual therapy, exercises and strategies to offload your knee, to help alleviate pain and discomfort in your knees. They can target the source of your pain and provide tailored treatments.
Improved Mobility:  Stiffness and reduced range of motion are common with knee arthritis. Physiotherapy can help you regain flexibility and mobility, making it easier to move around and enjoy life.
Strengthening Muscles:  Weak muscles around the knee can worsen arthritis symptoms. Physiotherapy includes exercises that target these muscles, helping to support and protect your joints.
Education:  Knowledge is power! Physiotherapists can educate you on how to manage your condition better. They can offer advice on posture, body mechanics, and lifestyle modifications that can make a big difference.
Personalized Care:  Each person’s experience with knee arthritis is unique. Physiotherapy offers personalized treatment plans tailored to your specific needs and goals.  Your physio can act as your coach and co-ordinate multidisciplinary management in your plan as needed.
Preventing Progression pf OA:  Physiotherapy isn’t just about managing current symptoms; it can also help slow down the progression of arthritis, potentially reducing the need for surgery in the future.

Remember, seeking professional advice from a physiotherapist is essential. They will assess your condition and create a plan that’s right for you. It’s a journey toward a healthier, pain-free you! 
If you or someone you know is dealing with knee arthritis, physiotherapy is your first line of treatment. It’s a step toward a more active, pain-free life.

(Blog by Nicolette (Nicci) Visser; Senior Physio Scarborough Physio and Health)