💥KNEE ARTHRITIS REHAB💥
Osteoarthritis (OA) is degenerative condition of the cartilage present in synovial joints and most commonly affects the knee and hip. Symptoms usually include pain, swelling, joint stiffness, limited range of motion and difficulty with many functional tasks. Severe pain or functional loss associated with OA of the knee or hip often leads to joint replacement surgery.
In a study by Deyle GD et al, investigators aimed to discover the difference between subjects with OA performing a home exercise program and another group of subjects performing a home exercise program with the addition of several visits of manual therapy. Outcomes were measured at 4 weeks, 8 weeks and one year. The results demonstrated that the addition of manual therapy provided greater symptom relief temporarily and that by 1 year, both groups had improved almost equally as compared to baseline.
Maybe the main takeaway from this research is that a simple home exercise program can have a dramatic impact of the life of an individual with OA of the knee. Additionally, combining this exercise program with a few visits of manual therapy may add extra symptom relief as compared to exercise alone.
📚Deyle GD, et al. Physical therapy treatment effectiveness for osteoarthritis of the knee: a randomized comparison of supervised clinical exercise and manual therapy procedures versus a home exercise program. Phys Ther. 2005.