March 29, 2022
Stephanie Hetto, SPT
Are you over the age of 50 and suffering from chronic knee pain? Do you wake up with pain or stiffness in your knee? Are you having difficulty performing tasks around your house due to knee pain? If you answered yes to any of the above questions you may be suffering with knee osteoarthritis. Do not be alarmed though, our team at Imagine Physical therapy is here to help treat your knee pain!
What is Knee Osteoarthritis?
Knee osteoarthritis (OA) is a common degenerative disease that is more prevalent in individuals over the age of 50 years.1 Common symptoms include pain around the knee joint, feeling of the knee locking or giving way, difficulty walking, going up/down the stairs, and/or performing household activities.1 Often, individuals will have more pain and/or stiffness in the morning or after sitting for a long period of time.1
Physical Therapy for Knee Osteoarthritis
On your first visit, one of our therapists will listen to you to learn more about your symptoms and what your main concern is. From there, they will perform a variety of test and measures to get a baseline of your strength, range of motion, and functional ability before developing a plan of care that is tailored toward you. Physical therapy along with patient education about knee osteoarthritis has shown to have benefits on osteoarthritis symptoms, function, medicine consumption, and sick leave time.1 At Imagine Physical Therapy we offer a variety of evidence-based services to target your knee pain! A few of these interventions include soft tissue techniques, Mulligan’s Mobilization with Movement (MWM) techniques, dry needling, and exercise.
Research shows that utilizing Mulligan’s Mobilization with Movement techniques along with exercise and patient education are more effective at improving one’s function and decreasing pain in patients with knee osteoarthritis.2 Here at Imagine Physical Therapy, we will utilize these techniques to help improve your range of motion allowing you to perform activities around your house easier!
In addition, our therapists are trained to perform dry needling. Dry needling is similar to acupuncture in which thin needles are placed around the knee joint to help decrease pain levels and increase blood flow to the area. Evidence shows that adding dry needling into a manual therapy and exercise program is more effective at decreasing pain and improving function than just using manual therapy and exercise in patients with knee osteoarthritis.3 Furthermore, researchers discovered that patients who underwent dry needling were “1.7x more likely to stop taking pain medication at 3 months than patients who had manual therapy and exercise but no dry needling.”3 If needles are not for you, we totally understand! There are plenty of other treatment options available!
Schedule an appointment with our Imagine Physical Therapy team today to help manage your knee pain and return to the activities you enjoy doing!
1. Dantas LO, Salvini TF, McAlindon TE. Knee osteoarthritis: key treatments and implications for physical therapy. Braz J Phys Ther. 2021;25(2):135-146. doi:10.1016/j.bjpt.2020.08.004
2. Ughreja RA, Shukla YU. Mulligan’s mobilization with movement (MWM) relieves pain and improves functional status in osteoarthritic knee. Int J Physiother. 2017;4(2):132-138. Doi: 10.15621/ijphy/2017/v4i2/141954
3. Dunning J, Butts R, Young I, et al. Periosteal Electrical Dry Needling as an Adjunct to Exercise and Manual Therapy for Knee Osteoarthritis: A Multicenter Randomized Clinical Trial. Clin J Pain. 2018;34(12):1149-1158. doi:10.1097/AJP.0000000000000634