Osteoarthritis of the Knee

Choosing the right Rehabilitation Program and Therapy Team can significantly reduce pain and improve knee function.

What do we know about osteoarthritis of the knee?

Osteoarthritis of the knees is the most common form of arthritis, affecting over 10 million Americans. It occurs primarily among aging adults when the cartilage cushioning the bones of the knee deteriorates over time. When the cartilage breaks down, the bones rub against each other causing pain, swelling and loss of movement. These symptoms often make it difficult for people to walk, climb stairs or even sit.

What treatments can work?

While drugs can help reduce pain and swelling, they may not always be a good long-term solution due to side effects and cost. They also do not address problems that can be caused by knee osteoarthritis such as muscle weakness, instability, lack of flexibility and structural deformities that can lead to more serious conditions. Our program follows guidelines written by knee osteoarthritis experts, who typically recommend a variety of specific therapies including appropriate use of certain medications.

How can therapeutic exercise and electrical stimulation be used to help improve strength and reduce pain?

Therapists may use mild, comfortable electrical pulses and electromagnetic energy to improve strength, while reducing pain and swelling. Gentle stretches and strengthening exercises may also be effective for improving strength and reducing pain.

How can a special knee brace help reduce impact to the knee and improve joint stability?

Special knee braces can reduce pain and improve knee function by aligning the joint and reducing impact to the knee when walking. These braces are easy to use and comfortable to wear.

Can home therapy techniques be used to help maintain muscle strength and reduce pain?

An easy-to-use portable stimulator may be recommended for gentle electrical stimulation treatment at home to strengthen muscles and reduce pain. A professional therapist will provide all the instruction needed to operate this simple device.

Who should consider our program?

You or a loved one should consider our knee osteoarthritis program if you or they have:

  • Knee pain or stiffness
  • Swelling in a knee or limited movement
  • Aching or grinding sensations
  • Side effects from pain medications

How can you or your loved one get help?

ACP’s Knee Osteoarthritis Program is offered by thousands of recognized skilled nursing facilities and other rehabilitation providers around the country. You should speak to your or your loved one’s doctor about these treatment options and call 1-800-350-1100 to locate a facility near you offering ACP’s programs. A quick professional health evaluation is all that is needed to get started with our program!

What can you expect with ACP’s Knee Osteoarthritis Program?

The program is implemented by the facility’s therapy and nursing departments, in conjunction with ACP’s professional clinicians and the patient’s physician. This team of healthcare professionals will assess your or your loved one’s knee function and overall health. Typically this will include an evaluation of balance, strength, flexibility, vision, diet and medications. This personal healthcare team will work with you or your loved one to meet your rehabilitation goals.

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