Columbia Physical Therapy is celebrating National Physical Therapy month along with the American Physical Therapy Association. Physical therapists are licensed professionals who specialize in how the body moves therefore the theme, IT’S ALL ABOUT MOVEMENT befits the celebration of how a physical therapist analyzes mobility and strength to normalize function in our every day movements.
A new study questioning the usefulness of arthroscopic surgery for osteoarthritis of the knee should encourage patients to consider physical therapy as an effective non-surgical option, according to the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). The study was published in the September 11 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) The NEJM study adds to a growing body of evidence supporting physical therapy for treatment of osteoarthritis of the knee, including:
- A report published in the January 2008 issue of the journal Physical Therapy that reviewed research on osteoarthritis of the knee from 2000 to 2007 and found “high-quality evidence that exercise and weight reduction reduce pain and improve physical function.”
- A study published in the Feb 1, 2000 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine that concluded “a combination of manual physical therapy and supervised exercise yields functional benefits for patients with osteoarthritis of the knee and may delay or prevent the need for surgical intervention.”
A physical therapist will perform a thorough examination and design a plan of care that may include:
- A series of exercises designed to help improve motion. Activities in this phase might include water walking, swimming, and flexibility exercises.
- An exercise sequence to restore strength including a functional progression, that is, a gradual return to normal activities using exercises that simulate the knee stresses of your normal activities.