OsteoArthritis of the Knee
An Evidence-Based Approach for Patients with Osteoarthritis of the Knee
- Symptoms of pain with walking, transfers, squatting, lifting and during recreational activities may be signs of osteoarthritis of the knee. Altman (1991) clinically defined knee osteoarthritis as a patient presentation of knee pain, morning joint stiffness greater than 30 minutes, and crepitus with active motion.
Proven Solutions for OsteoArthritis of the Knee
- Rehabilitative Exercise
- Manual Therapy
- IMS (Intramuscular Stimulation) or TDN
- Evidence Based Care
- Individuals who completed 4 weeks (8 visits) of manual physical therapy used less arthritis medication up to one year later than those that did not receive manual techniques as part of their physical therapy program. Many patients reported up to 20-40% improvement after only 2-3 treatments.
- Significant decrease in pain and increase in ROM with following hip mobilization for patients with knee OA.
- Therapeutic Exercise and Manual Therapy are recommended treatments for patients with OA because of strong evidence (grades A, B and C+) shown during the Ottawa Methods Group’s review on evidence-based clinical practice guidelines for physical therapy interventions in OA and RA.
- Manual Therapy appeared to be superior to exercise therapy for hip function, ROM and pain.
- Evidence supports the effectiveness and safety of moderate to high intensity aerobic and strengthening exercises for osteoarthritis and stable rheumatoid arthritis.
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