Around the world, osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, and one of the leading causes of pain and disability. But, thanks to Complete Therapies at GLCH, sufferers now have an opportunity to bid farewell to hip and knee pain caused by OA.
The first line of treatment for osteoarthritis should be education – about your specific condition – coupled with exercise, which has been found to be beneficial for all sorts of conditions, as well as overall health.
“The main goal of treatment for patients with osteoarthritis is to relieve the common symptoms of joint pain, and improve everyday physical function,” explains Zac O’Rourke, GLCH’s Exercise Physiologist, who is based in Lakes Entrance.
“Clinical guidelines recommend exercise for the management of osteoarthritis, as it can help achieve both of those goals – to relieve pain and restore function – while also potentially enabling you to avoid, delay or prepare for any hip or knee surgery.”
In response to these clinical guidelines, Complete Therapies has developed a six-week exercise and program called the “Hip and Knee Program”, which aims to alleviate pain and improve function for people with hip and knee osteoarthritis, thus restoring their ability to perform the activities of daily living with less pain and more confidence.
Prior to attending the program, participants need to have their symptoms and level of function assessed by one of our exercise physiologists or physiotherapists. Once assessed, a personalised exercise program will be designed, which you’ll then be guided through with complete supervision and instruction, to ensure you can perform the program safely and correctly.
The program will also provide you with accurate and up-to-date information about your specific condition, including tips for best management. At the end of the six-week program, you’ll be reassessed to measure your improvements.
To find out more about the Complete Therapies Hip and Knee Program, book in for an assessment, or to seek help for any other aches and pains you’re experiencing, phone our Complete Therapies team on 5155 8370.
Pictured: GLCH’s Exercise Physiologist Zac O’Rourke assists Hip and Knee Program client Gwenda Hunt.