Osteoarthritis is a complex and multifactorial disease in which the knee is a frequently affected joint. Knee osteoarthritis can occur in any of the three joints, the tibiofemoral, patellofemoral, and proximal tibiofibular joint, osteoarthritis can occur in isolation or in combination.
Much of the research these days favours conservative management rather then arthroscopy surgery and delaying joint replacement is always a bonus. A recent article suggests the following:
1. Thigh and hip muscle strengthening exercises.
2. Weight reduction (even 10% reduction in body weight can have a huge impact on knee osteoarthritis symptoms).
3. Patellar brace or taping for symptom management during exercise.
4. Advice regarding footwear to target joint alignment.
5. Load management, medication and supplement advice.
At Sydney Muscle & Joint Clinic our approach is consistent, high quality and based on the best scientific knowledge. We deliver evidence-based physiotherapy, exercise physiology and chiropractic for a range of musculoskeletal conditions, which means you get an approach that is effective, safe, and efficient. Contact your local Penrith physio today.
Middelkoop M. International patellofemoral osteoarthritis consortium: Consensus statement on the diagnosis, burden, outcome measures, prognosis, risk factors and treatment. Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism 2018; 47: p 666-675.