Osteoarthritis

Hip and Knee

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is characterised by joint pain and mobility impairment associated with the gradual wearing of cartilage. There is no cure for osteoarthritis. Treatment is aimed at symptom relief and optimising patient quality of life.

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of chronic arthritis. 50% of people over 65 years of age have radiological evidence of osteoarthritis (OA evident in x-rays).

Approximately 18% of women and 10% of men suffer from symptomatic osteoarthritis. Symptomatic osteoarthritis means that the person with osteoarthritis is experiencing symptoms, such as joint pain, aching, and stiffness.

A person may have symptomatic osteoarthritis without radiological evidence and vise-versa.

Treatment Options

The Arthritis Management Program may defer or decrease the need for surgical intervention and also provide symptom relief, improved joint mobility and optimised quality of life.

The Australian Government National Health and Medical Research Council and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners recommend physical therapy, hydrotherapy, exercise and weight loss for patients with osteoarthritis.

The individually tailored pre-operative rehabilitation programs are effective in reducing hospital stay for arthroplasty patients.1

The post-operative orthopaedic rehabilitation programs can improve your post surgery recovery time and assist in achieving optimal benefit from your surgery.

Arthritis Management

The Arthritis Management program provided by HFRC is aimed at providing improved joint mobility and function, symptom relief, and improved quality of life.

PRE-OPERATIVE (PRE-HABILITATION)

An individually tailored preoperative and postoperative physical therapy program will accelerate your recovery from arthroplasty surgery.

HFRC provides evidence based multidisciplinary individualised programs managed by Exercise Physiologists, Physiotherapists and Remedial Massage Therapists.

POST-OPERATIVE REHABILITATION

A post operative physical therapy programme will ensure the optimal benefit from surgery is achieved.

We specialise in joint replacement rehabilitation. Our individualised multidisciplinary post operative rehabilitation programme is based only on evidence based research

  1. Guideline for the non-surgical management of hip and knee osteoarthritis July 2009 | Australian Government National Health and Research Council
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