As osteoarthritis starts with decreased cartilage thickness, we look at knee pain as part of the back and entire leg complex. Pain can come from the bone under the cartilage, supporting ligaments, or the muscles that support the knee.
Although osteoarthritis takes time to show up on an X-ray image, you will have been changing how you move ever since you started to experience knee pain — for months or even years. Physical symptoms may include:
A global assessment starts with a posture exam and movement tests for the back, hip, knee, and ankle. Changing body position as well as staying in one position often increases knee pain. We will test your mobility and strength to assess how well you can change position while you monitor your knee pain. We choose specific physiotherapy tests for each area of the body to look at movement habits that could be causing knee pain when you stand, walk, kneel, sit, drive, or get in and out of a car.
Sherwood Park and Edmonton area clients receive treatment aimed at decreasing pain and preventing the osteoarthritis from progressing. We also teach you a long-term exercise strategy to improve your activity levels. Although an X-ray may still show signs of osteoarthritis, you will experience less pain and will improve your activity tolerance with our unique osteoarthritis treatment.
Edmonton and Sherwood Park clients can receive a detailed IMS or physiotherapy assessment to determine the multiple causes of their joint pain:
Specific exercises and the unique osteoarthritis treatment protocol from Global Physiotherapy will help you move with less pain. Laser and Regenerative Photon Therapy uses infrared lasers combined with a specific sequence of red and infrared light probes. These probes are programmed to activate regeneration and self-healing processes within abnormal cells and tissues. Immediately after treatment, you will notice that you are experiencing less pain, and you will be able to exercise to improve the strength of your tissue and muscles. A clinical study of this protocol was recently completed in Toronto, Ontario. The participants showed an improvement of 80 percent in pain levels and a 50 percent improvement in the ability to carry out physical activities
Ms. WL, a 68-year-old woman, presented with pain and stiffness in both knees and both thumbs. Her knee symptoms started in her 20s. She reported a gradual decline in her ability to function, which included pain when getting in and out of a vehicle and the inability to stand from a squatting position. Her pain was the worst when kneeling, which she rated at 7.5 out of 10. She also described sleep disturbance due to pain. Her goal was to move with less pain and to be able to enjoy playing with her grandchildren.
After three treatments, Ms. WL reported a reduction in her average knee pain to 0 out of 10, with some stiffness when going downstairs. After four treatments, she could kneel in comfort and she was able to get in and out of her vehicle pain free. According to a research evaluation tool, Ms. WL was experiencing only a 10-percent impairment of daily function due to her knee osteoarthritis when she completed her treatment, compared to a 39-percent impairment at the initial assessment.
Ms. WL improved more quickly than the average person with knee arthritis. The number of treatments you will need depends on the stage of osteoarthritis, the frequency of physiotherapy treatments, and how consistently you perform the home exercise program. Ideally, you will start with two or three treatments per week and exercise daily at home. As you improve, you will need less treatment. We will continually monitor your progress to help you achieve your activity goals.
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