The main goal of physiotherapy for patients with knee OA in most cases is to reduce pain and improve the physical functioning and consisted of numerous treatments for osteoarthritis, divided into medical and physical therapy management. Medicines that are primarily used by patients with knee OA, with or without co-morbidities which include analgesics, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and opioids are effective in relieving pain but are sometimes incapable of reversing cartilage damage and are frequently associated with adverse events.
Physiotherapy is one of the popular treatment options for OA. In the explanation of physiotherapy treatment, there are numerous options available like hydrotherapy, strengthening exercises for muscles around involved joints, Stretching, Aerobics, electrotherapy, ultrasound. Manual therapy also has proven effective to locate and eliminate factors like pain and joint immobility. Thermotherapy can play an important role in the treatment. There are some external supports devices like braces, Knee sleeves can be used for additional support. Taping is also proven to be slightly effective in decreasing pain and disability for patients with knee OA, but its beneficial effects are short-termed.
Surgical treatment is only be recommended when conservative therapies are not effective. There are various types of knee OA surgeries including arthroscopic surgeries which is less invasive and damaged cartilage will be removed. It only has short-term effects. The other one is knee replacement surgeries which can be Unicompartmental, bicompartmental or total knee replacement. These are proven to reduce pain and increase the mobility and have long-term beneficial effects. In the surgical treatments also, Post- operative exercises are very much recommended.
Exercises to improve the function of the new joint and muscle strengthening are most effective. (Scott DL, Shipley M, Dawson A, Edwards S,Symmons DP, Woolf AD.) Christensen R, Bartels EM, Astrup A, Bliddal H. Effect of weight reduction in obese patients diagnosed with knee osteoarthritis: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Ann Rheum Dis. 2007;66(4):433–439.
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