OA and Physio

MamaG
MamaG Member Posts: 6
After my physio sessions I'm in agony - have OA in my knees - physio is the only treatment I'm getting at the mo as have not seen a consultant yet - been waiting since Oct.
Should physio leave me in agony for days?

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  • helpline_team
    helpline_team Posts: 2,593
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi MamaG,

    Thank you for your post to Helplines. I'm sorry to hear that you are in pain with your knees at the moment. I don't know from your post any of the background: how old are you, what's your overall health like, how long have you been living with oa etc.

    The role of the physio is to assess your arthritis and give you some advice on getting moving and improving your joint function and mobility. Oa is a condition which is self managed - i.e. it generally responds to us strengthening our muscles and losing weight.

    Research shows that joints where oa has developed have shrunken muscles. So by getting fitter and stronger and building back the muscles you should expect to be able to move better, and have less pain. But the difficult bit is that building up muscles will involve pain. The pain people feel on exercise should not be sinister - and how much pain to put up with will vary from person to person.

    It's not the physio's fault you are having pain. If they are unsympathetic then maybe you don't get on - and finding another physio may be worth considering. But there is a common concern that the pain shows you may be further damaging your worn knees and that's not generally thought to be correct.

    But if you are worried you are welcome to give us a ring so we can hear what's on your mind. However we are not able to give you individual medical advice - but why not ring and let's see if we can be of help.

    And do see what the folk on Living with arthritis Forum may suggest too.

    Kind regards

    Guy
  • new777lifeA
    new777lifeA Member Posts: 1
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    MamaG wrote:
    After my physio sessions I'm in agony - have OA in my knees - physio is the only treatment I'm getting at the mo as have not seen a consultant yet - been waiting since Oct.
    Should physio leave me in agony for days?


    Physiotherapy should never increase pain .There is an outstanding treatment for osteo-arthritis called (reference to commercial product removed by Helplines).
    Please look it up . (reference to commercial product removed by Helplines) is in 29 countries .

    Ann
  • moderator
    moderator Moderator Posts: 4,079
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi Ann & welcome to the Arthritis Care Forums.

    Please do introduce yourself more, perhaps in Say Hello or Living With Arthritis.

    (mention of commercial product removed by Helplines)

    Note: There is no major clinical trial supporting the effectiveness of the method

    Mod Bryn

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