Those suffering from osteoarthritis can try Physiotherapy rather then knee surgery.
According to a new research Physiotherapy can be an effective non-surgical option for osteoarthritis.
Physical therapy, combined with comprehensive medical management, is as effective at relieving the pain and stiffness of moderate to severe osteoarthritis of the knee as surgery.
R. Scott Ward, President of American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) said “This study offers hope and encouragement to persons with osteoarthritis who would like to avoid the pain and emotional toll of surgery,” “Too often, the first line of defence is surgery when it need not always be. Physical therapy can be equally effective and should be considered by not only patients themselves, but also the primary care doctors and orthopaedists who are treating them.”
Co-director of Musculoskeletal Biomechanics Research Lab at the University of Southern California, Christopher M. Powers said: “Many times knee pain is associated with abnormal movement patterns that cause increased stress on the joint.
“Arthroscopic surgery does little to correct the dynamic factors that may be contributing to knee pain and pathology. These findings reinforce the need for a comprehensive treatment approach for such patients.”
Series of exercises designed to help improve motion. Activities in this phase might include water walking, swimming, and flexibility exercises. The study adds to a growing body of evidence supporting physiotherapy for treatment of osteoarthritis of the knee.