Posted: 12th April 2019
Posted in: News
Have you been diagnosed with knee osteoarthritis and told to rest and avoid pain? Or perhaps you believe that exercise will do more harm than good?
Well this is an update to let you know that this is NOT true!
What the current evidence tells us:
Resting and avoiding exercise with osteoarthritis makes pain and OA worse in the long term. Our joints need movement in order to help repair. There is a vast amount of evidence out there that supports active and regular exercise in assisting pain management and improving quality of life. Although there may be some pain, it is important to understand pain does not equal damage and your physiotherapist can go into more detail with you as to why.
How we can help:
We understand it is difficult when someone says your joint is ‘’wearing out’’ to believe exercise will help. However, rest assured, the best evidence today has proven time and time again that exercise will help your knee OA and the pain associated with it.
If, however, after the advice given above you are still hesitant about the idea of exercise, we offer hydrotherapy which is a great alternative service that still provides you with an environment to exercise but you also get extra benefits from the water!
No matter what joint, if you have been told you have osteoarthritis get in touch with us at Generation Physio and our team of professionals can tailor a program suitable to help YOU live a more pain free life.
Written by Alexandra Curran.
Alexandra graduated from the Masters of Physiotherapy program at Griffith University in 2018.