Osteoarthritis of the Knee – Longer Symptom Duration Predicts Better Chances with Physical Therapy

May 8, 2014 in STSMPT

With osteoarthritis, usually the guideline is that the sooner you get in to physical therapy, the better.  A recent study found the exact opposite to be true when it comes to the knee.  Researchers were trying to figure out who is most likely to benefit from physical therapy for osteoarthritis of the knee so physical therapy can be used more efficiently. Among six variables predicting a higher likelihood of osteoarthritis success was symptoms lasting more than five years.  Good news: if osteoarthritis has caused you knee pain and slowed you down for years, you may actually be more likely to benefit from physical therapy now than you were before.

The other predictors of physical therapy success for people with osteoarthritis of the knee were:

  • Disturbed sleep
  • Absence of knee injury (if you want to see success in less than nine visits)
  • Instability
  • Pain in the back of the knee
  • Female

If any of these variables describe your knee pain, your osteoarthritis may be more likely to respond to physical therapy.  Schedule an evaluation to see if we have some lifelong solutions to help you.

Source: Chapple M. Physiotherapy for osteoarthritis of the knee: predictors of outcome at one year. University of Otago. 2012; available online at: http://hdl.handle.net/10523/2194.


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