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Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy is a proven treatment option for knee osteoarthritis.  It will help you move more easily and perform everyday tasks.  Physical therapy can help you gain mobility after surgery or help prevent it.

Physical therapists work in a variety of setting and with a wide range of patients.  They examine and diagnose each patient with the goal of helping them to move, reduce pain, improve function, and prevent further injury.  A therapist’s management plan for knee osteoarthritis will usually involve a series of exercises designed to strengthen the anatomy surrounding your knee.  They will help your muscles get strong and stay loose.

This is a continuation of our series on the Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI) recommendations for the management of hip and knee osteoarthritis published in the Journal of Osteoarthritis and Cartilage.

Physical Therapy Helps Knee OA

Physical Therapy Helps Knee OA

Recommendation IV

Physical Therapy may help patients with symptomatic hip and knee osteoarthritis.

Physical therapists will evaluate patients and instruct them on appropriate exercises to increase function and decrease pain in patients with hip and knee osteoarthritis.

This recommendation is based mostly on expert opinion.  Referrals for physical therapy were recommended by 100% of the research team.  However three randomized clinical trials also supported referrals to physical therapy as an effective osteoarthritis treatment option.

The research team gave this treatment option a Strength of Recommendation score of 89%.

W. Zhang Ph.D., Moskowitz M.D., et al. OARSI recommendations for the management of hip and knee osteoarthritis, Part II: OARSI evidence-based, expert consensus guidelines. Osteoarthritis and Cartilage. (2008) 16, 137-162.