Osteoarthritis of The Knee
Did you know osteoarthritic knee pain impacts many people around the world? Thermomedic aims to provide osteoarthritis sufferers with an understanding of the disease process, its prognosis and the rationale and implications of managing degenerative joint disease.
What Is Osteoarthritis of The Knee?
Osteoarthritis is a chronic, degenerative disorder, characterised by loss of cartilage and periarticular bone remodelling. Osteoarthritis causes joint pain, and stiffness. There is no cure for osteoarthritis. Gradual progression is most common. It is estimated 1.2 million Australians have symptoms of osteoarthritis, while about 13% are considered disabled or handicapped. Osteoarthritis is the leading cause of musculoskeletal pain, disability and handicap in Australia, today.
Thermomedic Therapy Garments are a safe and highly effective over-the-counter osteoarthritis treatment. Thermomedic thermal therapy knee supports help to improve the well-being of OA sufferers by providing:
~ comfortable compressive support to soothe sore knees during exercise and
~ gentle warmth to reduce the impact of osteoarthritis pain
~ improved circulation for reduced swelling and joint stiffness
~ correct joint alignment for better rehabilitation outcomes
~ preventive strategies to reduce the burden of joint pain and disability
Therapeutic Exercise For Osteoarthritis of the Knee
Lack of exercise due to osteoarthritic knee pain can lead to reduced muscle strength and joint instability. The aim of exercise is to reduce pain and disability by strengthening muscle, improving joint stability, increasing the range of movement and improving aerobic fitness. Therapeutic exercise programs show a reduction of pain and disability. A gentle, regular exercise program is highly beneficial to reduce knee pain and long term disability.
Due to the chronic nature of knee osteoarthritis and the financial costs to osteoarthritis patients, a recent clinical trial was conducted to devise an effective exercise program for people suffering with the pain of knee osteoarthritis. Results showed the most beneficial therapeutic exercises for osteoarthritis pain included range-of-motion and extension exercises.
How Can Thermomedic Knee Supports Help Osteoarthritis Knee
Clinical trials confirm the effectiveness of therapeutic orthopedic treatments for osteoarthritis patients suffering a marked loss of joint function. Further, the results showed compelling evidence for the need for early active management for people suffering with symptomatic osteoarthritis of the knee. Thermomedic thermal, compressive knee supports improve circulation for effective pain relief, better knee joint mobility while assisting to maintain correct joint alignment for reduced risk of joint damage for improved quality of life style.
Medical Care For Osteoarthritis of the Knee Joints
Osteoarthritis is a common, chronic condition which requires a patient-centred, individualised AO management plan. Goals for managing osteoarthritis include controlling pain, maintaining and improving the range of movement and stability of affected joints and limiting functional impairment. Exercise programs and the long term use of compressive knee supports help reduce knee joint pain and the disability associated with osteoarthritis.
Non-medicated far infrared therapy can help to reduce your use, and hence, the toxicity of prescription pain-killers and drugs often associated with long term arthritis treatment. As a non-pharmacological pain management tool, Thermomedic Therapy Garments are an ideal adjunct to prescribed medications for osteoarthritis pain relief.
Can Weight Loss Help Ease The Pain Of Osteoarthritis?
Yes. Obesity is a risk factor associated with progression of the disease and disability. Regular exercise can lead to weight loss, improved muscle strength and improved joint mobility which reduces your risk of developing symptomatic knee osteoarthritis. However, for many people who suffer with osteoarthritis, pain and impaired knee joint function can make it difficult to exercise sufficiently to lose weight.
Thermomedic's compressive joint supports lead to reduction in knee pain and disability assisting with increased physical activity for improved quality of life and weight loss. Thermomedic arthritis knee joint supports help reduce joint pain, which can also mean fewer arthritis-related visits to your doctor.
Thermomedic therapy knee supports are widely recommended to reduce osteoarthritis-related pain. In patients with significant varus deformity, use of Thermomedic's compressive knee support made of bio-ceramic thermal fibres significantly reduced pain over 6 months of frequent use.
Unlike rigid braces, Thermomedic compressive knee supports are comfortable to wear and a most affordable arthritis treatment.
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