Arthritis of the KNEE
We recently had a 68 yr old male patient who had been complaining of knee pain since a fall 6 months ago. He saw his family doctor who recommended X-Rays that showed he had some arthritis in his knee. Over the past 6 months he had tried two kinds of anti inflammatory medication and steroid injections to his knee with no improvement. The next step was going to be lubricant injections to his knee. The client decided to try physiotherapy on his own with the encouragement of his wife who had been treated successfully here for a previous knee injury. After a thorough assessment, the physiotherapist was able to prescribe a simple exercise for the client. He had to perform 10 repetitions every 2 hours for the next few days. By his second visit, his range of motion had returned to normal and he no longer had knee pain on the stairs or arising from sitting. The client was very happy with his rapid improvement but wished he had come in for treatment sooner!
Arthritis of the HIP
We recently saw a 58 yr old male patient who had been complaining of intermittent right hip and groin pain over the past 2 years. His x-rays showed some very early signs of arthritis. His symptoms were worsened with golfing successive days, walking up hill, and prolonged sitting. On examination, the physiotherapist found his hip to be extremely stiff. After performing 2 simple exercises repeatedly for a few days, his symptoms were significantly less and function was noticeably better. Again, the client wished he had come sooner and maybe he wouldn’t have missed so much golf!
Physiotherapists are uniquely qualified to educate and treat for disability and pain related to osteoarthritis. As well, if we can see clients early enough and treat them for the stiffness that is often present before bony changes start to occur, perhaps we can play a role in prolonging the “life” of the joint.