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Knee Pain in Osteoarthritis Won’t Bother You Anymore!!

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Before beginning this blog, let’s delve into various  reasons behind knee pain. As per the studies observed in Times of India, it has been observed that more than 15 Crore people in India suffer from knee problems in India. Isn't this a shocking number? If yes, and someone near and dear to you suffers from Knee Pain, then this blog is a must read for you. 

Knees are the joints that carry most of your burden, the entire day. They are the joints which are subject to most wear and tear . At some point or other, you may be experiencing knee pain and usually dadi-ma ka nuskha becomes the immediate remedy for the pain. But the home remedies won’t provide long lasting relief and for this one needs to know the root cause of the pain. 

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Several advanced physiotherapy interventions that are available at an ABTP Center near you address pain in the joint by providing comprehensive training solutions. The advanced technological solutions available with us, help to find out the root cause of the problem.

Causes of Knee Pain

The causes of Knee Pain can be diverse. It can arise due to injury as well as due to degenerative issues such as Osteoarthritis (OA). Sometimes, Bursitis, Dislocation & Meniscus Tear can also be the reasons for knee pain. 

The most complex joint in the human body is a delicate one and needs to be handled with accuracy and precision. For this purpose, the ABTP Experts identify the core reason behind the pain by putting into use advanced assessments in the Gait Lab.

Herein, complete motion analysis of the affected individual is done. Through gait analysis  and  running tests at ABTP, the root cause of knee pain gets configured. This approach allows the Experts to tailor treatment plans addressing specific needs of each patient. 

Knee Pain & Osteoarthritis

X-ray showcasing osteoarthritis in left knee

At ABTP, pain is assessed for its character, and duration. Pain is usually noticed when the degenerated joint is exposed to compressive forces. In some patients, pain at rest may be present due to the hypervascularization of the neighboring bone.

Following are the key aspects of the assessments:

Tenderness and effusion: The degree of tenderness and effusion are meticulously recorded. 

Range of Movement: Passive ROM including the end feel is recorded in order to understand the mobility of the joint. 

Deformity: If there is any deformity, then the nature of the latter is assessed and its extent at the hip, knee, ankle and foot during total weight bearing on the affected leg alone are identified. 

Stability: The stability of the joint is assessed in weight bearing position on the affected knee as well as the non-affected knee. 

Muscle Strength, Endurance and Flexibility: All these factors for the muscle groups like quadriceps, hamstrings and glutes are recorded along with any muscle wasting.

With detailed assessments, ABTP ensures that the condition of each patient is precisely understood. All of this enables the ABTP Experts to identify the error and allows them to create customized training programs for managing knee pain in osteoarthritis. 

How can You Manage Knee Pain & Overcome Mobility Challenges in Osteoarthritis

Let’s indulge into an array of solutions that are available in helping you lead a qualitative life not surrendering to the painful woes. 

  1. Pain management Strategies Whenever a patient complains of having knee pain, the very first step carried forward is managing the pain. This is achieved through various pain management techniques like:

Interferential Therapy (IFT): At ABTP the Experts carry forward a non-invasive and highly effective pain relief technique that uses low-frequency electrical currents to stimulate the tissues around the knee. This is known as the IFT or Interferential Therapy.  The currents mainly  help to decrease the inflammation and improve blood flow. These basically focus upon decreasing the pain by blocking pain signals. This can provide immediate relief from knee pain and improve mobility.

Tecar Therapy: In tecar therapy at ABTP, radiofrequency energy is leveraged to stimulate the body's natural healing processes. This further helps to reduce inflammation in the knee in osteoarthritis. This practice accelerates the removal of metabolic waste products and this contributes to the reduction of pain and swelling. The most effective part of this therapy is that it promotes deeper tissue regeneration, reducing inflammation and this plays a critical role in improving the mobility and function of the knee joint. 

Myofascial Release (MFR) for Tight Structures Around the Knee Joint: MFR is a hands-on technique that involves application of  gentle and sustained pressure over the connective tissues. In this manner, the tightness around the joint gets decreased and there is also observed improvement in movement of the joint. 

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Talking of osteoarthritis, the discomfort can be really disturbing and the pain in the joint needs to be relieved. This is attained by MFR which targets tight structures of an individual experiencing osteoarthritis knee pain. The muscle groups like quadriceps, hamstrings, and calf muscles around the knee joint are targeted. By relieving tension in these areas, MFR helps to reduce pain, enhance mobility, and improve the function of the joint.

2. Strength Training for Knee Pain in Osteoarthritis

The Physiotherapy programs available at ABTP, remain crucial for managing knee pain and are designed to address specific needs of the OA knee joint while also promoting overall mobility and strength. Here is an overview upon strength training at ABTP:

  1. Isometrics: These remain ideal in the pre-rehabilitation stage. The most effective part of this technique in the training regimen is that this helps to reduce pain and enhance muscle strength without even moving the joint. The muscles are contracted without the joint movement and this becomes essential to protect the knee joint in conditions like osteoarthritis. In the initial phase of physiotherapy, this provides stability to the joint facilitating recovery.

  2. Active Relaxed Movements: In order to add range of motion to the joint, it is essential to reduce stiffness and promote relaxation in the joint. Controlled movements are carried further to promote flexibility and prevent the joint from becoming stiff. Point to Remember! It’s the rigidity aka stiffness that exacerbates the pain.

  3. Isokinetic Exercises: The ABTP Experts prefer inducing isokinetic exercises to the training regimen in order to adjust the resistance depending upon the varying strength of muscles. A workout plan that enhances muscle strength and coordination is tailored to ensure that the muscles are strengthened effectively without overstraining the joint. In this manner, the risk of further injury is also reduced. 

  4. Weight Bearing Activities: To promote the knee stability, necessary for maintaining proper alignment and function of the joint, weight bearing activities are induced in the training program. Herein, the focus is driven upon strengthening various muscle groups supporting the joint. This further reduces the risk of instability and associated pain. 

  5. Stretching Regime: By maintaining the flexibility, chances of deformity are minimized. The overall health of the joint is also promoted in degenerative diseases like osteoarthritis. The tension on the joint gets reduced, improving mobility as well as the likelihood of pain caused by the tight muscles also gets reduced. 

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The structured program at ABTP helps the individuals suffering from osteoarthritis manage pain effectively. The joint function gets improved enhancing the overall quality of life of the individuals. The goals of the training regimens at the ABTP centres remain long term and essential factors for joint health are promoted like strength, flexibility and joint stability. 

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