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Knee Osteoarthritis

Dana Brackley, Physiotherapist

Osteoarthritis affects the entire joint, not just the cartilage, which may sound scary. But, it is a considerably more optimistic outlook than it seems since you can genuinely influence many parts of the whole joint.

One in every eleven Australians suffers from knee osteoarthritis. It's one of the most prevalent reasons individuals see their doc

tor in Australia. It's very common, even among younger people.

If you have knee osteoarthritis, don't think you can't be physically active. In truth, the knee requires a reasonable degree of physical activity to repair itself from the many causes of pain and incapacity. Pain is far more dependent on muscle strength than even on X-ray changes. Muscular weakness, doing too little or too much, stress, fear of damage, and loss of confidence in the joint all contribute to the pain and dysfunction that an OA knee suffers from.

Exercise, particularly neuromuscular activity, offers the greatest evidence of any therapy for OA. Neuromuscular exercise (NEMEX) focuses on conducting activities that teach the nerves and muscles to respond and communicate in order to achieve high quality mobility and joint stability.

The optimum exercise dose for OA knee is crucial and we utilise a few parameters to calculate the right dosage similar to how your General Practitioner decides the correct dosage for your prescription.

If you need assistance determining the proper dose for your knee osteoarthritis, please contact us at the clinic.

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