Symptoms of knee osteoarthritis often begin gradually, however they can be provoked by trauma to the knee.
Knee osteoarthritis can cause changes in the quality of cartilage, ligaments and bone surfaces within the joint. This can, but does not always lead to pain, stiffness and muscle weakness.
Research supports the use of specific exercises to improve symptoms and knee function. Physiotherapists at ALO Physiotherapy assess which structures are affected and identify the most effective form of treatment.
- Reduce range of movement
- Pain with walking and stairs
Knee osteoarthritis is more common in people with:
- Previous knee injury
Physiotherapists at ALO Physiotherapy design specific exercise programmes, precisely aligned to the stage of the osteoarthritis and specific problems the person is facing.
Rehabilitative exercises are likely to include:
- movements to improve range of motion
- exercises to strengthen the main supporting muscles of the knee
- balance exercises
- exercises to improve specific activities which have become difficult
Treatments which may be used by Physiotherapists at ALO:
- Rehabilitative exercises
- Manual Therapy
- Clinical Massage Therapy
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