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Knee osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis and describes the degeneration of the joints. The body is constantly repairing the daily wear and tear on our joints; however, osteoarthritis develops when the body can’t maintain this repair process. Knee osteoarthritis is the most common form of osteoarthritis affecting 50% of people aged 65 and above. Whilst most experience relatively mild symptoms, for one in ten people, their knee pain and joint stiffness are debilitating.

Unique benefits of AposTherapy®+

  • Non-surgical and drug-free
  • Highly effective with reduction in pain, improvement in function and quality of life
  • Demonstrated effective for lasting pain relief
  • Addresses the root cause of your condition
  • Highly convenient and fits easily into your daily routine
  • Personalised to your specific needs
  • On-going care for optimal results

Who is suitable for Treatment?+

  • Do you suffer from nagging ankle/knee/hip and/or back pain?
  • Are you taking anything for the pain?
  • Do you have limited mobility?
  • Have you tried everything (e.g., pain killers, physio-therapy, injections, etc.)
  • Are you looking for a non-surgical solution?
  • Do you want to get your life back?

What is Knee Osteoarthritis?+

Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis and describes the degeneration of the joints. The body is constantly repairing the daily wear and tear on our joints; however, osteoarthritis develops when the body can’t maintain this repair process. Knee osteoarthritis is the most common form of osteoarthritis affecting 50% of people aged 65 and above. Whilst most experience relatively mild symptoms, for one in ten people, their knee pain and joint stiffness are debilitating. Symptoms are often worse on waking up in the morning, after over-activity, as well as sitting or standing for a prolonged period of time. As the tissues around the joints become inflamed and painful, the simplest of actions like climbing stairs or bending to tie a shoe-lace can suddenly seem very difficult, which naturally has a detrimental effect on a person’s quality of life. Symptoms can also worsen when a degenerative tear in the meniscus occurs, which commonly occurs alongside knee OA. Various elements can predispose people to developing the condition and increase the rate of degeneration. These include obesity, genetics, gender (women being more likely to develop OA than men), the onset of old age, overuse of the joint in physically demanding occupations, or in professional athletes and previous joint trauma. A diagnosis can be made using various methods including clinical criteria and radiographic findings (X-rays and scans). The American College of Rheumatology recommends a combination of history, physical examination and laboratory tests to help with an osteoarthritis diagnosis. Osteoarthritis (OA) is a leading cause of pain and disability, worldwide. Cartilage breakdown partly explains the degenerative nature of knee osteoarthritis, but a major part of the process is due to muscular weakness and loss of control.  People with knee OA have been shown to have weaker and less responsive quadriceps muscle. In addition, overactive hamstrings and inner-thigh muscles cause muscular imbalances around the joint and contribute to the progression of the condition. This is because the muscles are increasing the load on the damaged part of the joint and disrupting the knee’s normal movement. Over time it becomes harder for patients to straighten the knee. The over-active muscles can also increase the bowlegged posture, typical of many patients with osteoarthritis. By and large, these muscular imbalances exacerbate the symptoms of OA as well as playing a role in further joint damage.  Experts agree that symptom relief can be achieved if muscular imbalances can be addressed, and the muscles are trained to work more efficiently. At the initial onset of OA, doctors often advise regular light exercise along with painkillers and/or anti-inflammatory drugs to manage symptoms. A cortico-steroid injection is sometimes given, as well as another type of injection containing hyaluronic acid. However, these treatment options are often short-lived and do not address the root of the problem.   The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE guidelines) advises physiotherapy and therapeutic exercises as an effective treatment for reducing symptoms and slowing down the degenerative process but improving muscular control.  However, physiotherapy treatments are sometimes in-effective due to the inability to address the biomechanical component (alignment).  An effective therapy must therefore reduce stress on the knee and simultaneously address the muscular imbalances that occur. AposTherapy® works by redistributing the forces acting on the affected area to reduce pain whilst restoring neuromuscular control for lasting improvements. If all conservative efforts have been exhausted and OA continues to limit normal functioning in daily life, then a surgical intervention is often considered. Arthroscopic (key-hole) surgery is no longer recommended for knee OA or degenerative meniscal tears, as long term outcomes have been shown to be no more effective than therapeutic treatments. Ultimately, the last resort is to replace the symptomatic joint with an artificial joint, which is a procedure known as total knee replacement. Based on the latest evidence regarding the central role biomechanics plays in osteoarthritis treatment, AposTherapy® offers a novel approach for the treatment and management of the disease. AposTherapy® readjusts the distribution of your body's weight away from the damaged area of the knee joint, with the aim of reducing the compressive forces and therefore, the pain. By simulating minutely uneven walking surfaces and altering the nature of the foot's point of contact with the ground, therapy retrains the body's neuromuscular system, instilling optimal patterns of motion. AposTherapy® is clinically proven to reduce pain, improve patients’ walking patterns and contribute to a better quality of life.

Symptoms+

Symptoms are often worse on waking up in the morning, after over-activity, as well as sitting or standing for a prolonged period of time. As the tissues around the joints become inflamed and painful, the simplest of actions like climbing stairs or bending to tie a shoe-lace can suddenly seem very difficult, which naturally has a detrimental effect on a person’s quality of life. Symptoms can also worsen when a degenerative tear in the meniscus or bone necrosis occur, as part of the natural history of this pathology.

Diagnosis+

A diagnosis can be made using various methods including clinical criteria and radiographic findings (X-rays and scans). The American College of Rheumatology recommends a combination of history, physical examination and laboratory tests to help with an osteoarthritis treatment.

Treatment+

Based on the latest evidence regarding the central role biomechanics plays in osteoarthritis treatment, AposTherapy® offers a novel approach for the treatment and management of the disease. AposTherapy® readjusts the distribution of your body's weight away from the damaged area of the knee joint, with the aim of reducing the compressive forces and therefore, the pain. By simulating minutely uneven walking surfaces and altering the nature of the foot's point of contact with the ground, therapy retrains the body's neuromuscular system, instilling optimal patterns of motion. AposTherapy® is clinically proven to reduce pain, improve patients’ walking patterns and contribute to a better quality of life.

 

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Unique Benefits of Apos Therapy

  • Non-surgical and drug-free.

  • Highly effective with reduction in pain, improvement in function and quality of life.

  • Clinically-proven for lasting pain relief.

  • Highly convenient and fits easily into your daily routine.

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