Happy Father’s Day for the 6th September!
½ price ICB (only) orthotics – limited sizes, make sure you check your size with us first before booking. Only $50 (normally $95).
What is knee arthritis?
Knee arthritis is a degenerative process where gradual wear and tear to the cartilage and bone surfaces causes inflammation and pain.
If the knee is injured or regularly overloaded, particularly with heavy lifting and twisting movements, degeneration of the cartilage can occur. This reduces the knee's shock absorbing capacity. Over time the cartilage wears and the knee bones themselves become bumpy as they wear away. Our wonderful body may attempt to grow new bone, seen as small bony processes (spurs) called 'osteophytes' on X-ray. Unfortunately, this process is not as good as the original bone and the osteophytes may narrow the joint space further causing pain.
Signs and symptoms of knee arthritis
Symptoms that develop gradually over time include swelling and joint pain. As the condition progresses, there may be:
- Increasing knee pain with weight bearing activity
- Joint stiffness (particularly after rest or first thing in the morning)
- Reduced flexibility (i.e. an inability to fully straighten or bend the knee)
- Pain at night, especially with rolling over
- Grinding, clicking or locking during certain movements
Symptoms can sometimes fluctuate from month to month with patients reporting an increase in symptoms with colder weather.
How can Physio Help?
Exercise is one of the best known ways (alongside medication) to help manage arthritic pain. Your physio can provide a safe program for you to reduce the strain on your knee joint, strengthening and lengthening your muscles as you need! Other ways a physio can help include;
- Dry needling (Acupuncture) to reduce pain and muscle spasm
- Joint mobilisation to reduce joint stiffness