Knee Osteoarthritis (OA) is a painful, degenerative condition of the knee which may lead to significant functional limitations and a decrease in an individual’s quality of life. It has long been assumed that the structural damage within the knee joint was the primary cause of a patient’s symptoms. In contrast, contemporary research supports the use of a biopsychosocial approach which considers various circumstances affecting the individual and how they may increase tissue sensitivity and modulate the inflammatory processes at the knee. Patients who make sense of their pain solely through the structural model may go on to develop unhelpful behavioural responses which may perpetuate their pain and disability.
Exercise physiologists must shift their focus away from the structural damage model and move towards the biopsychosocial approach to avoid unnecessary surgical intervention through lifestyle modifications that can decrease pain and increase function. It is our primary goal at Bodyfocus to provide patients with personally relevant education, an individualized progressive rehabilitation program, physical activity recommendations and weight loss support. This approach allows us to put the patient in charge as they return to the activities they enjoy.
Our exercise physiologist will:
- Discuss with you how to develop long-term self-management strategies including how to actively manage flare-ups.
- Coach you with effective strengthening exercises not only for the legs, but for the entire body as we aim to restore your previous levels of physical activity.
- Provide targeted education to aid in the management of co-morbidities such as obesity, depression, metabolic and cardiovascular disease.
- Guide you towards a healthier lifestyle to increase your participation in physical activities and adopt healthier eating habits.
By Kevin Wong