When your elective surgery is postponed, keep your hips & knees healthy with physiotherapy!
- John Paul Kola, Physiotherapist
With the Coronavirus gripping the entire world, we are expecting a significant drop in the number of elective surgeries being performed currently. So, if your elective surgery like a Total Hip Replacement or a Total Knee replacement is being put on hold, what can you do?
Some facts for you:
- Did you know that the latest Australian clinical guidelines for the treatment of Osteoarthritis recommend land-based exercise as a first line of treatment (to be trialed first before any surgical measure), irrespective of age, pain levels, function levels and how severe your condition is?- Ref
- Did you know that there is an exercise and education program which is exactly designed to do that? GLA:D®, Good Life with OsteoArthritis: Denmark, is an education and exercise program developed by researchers in Denmark for people with hip or knee osteoarthritis symptoms. Research from the GLA:D® program in Australia shows an average pain reduction of 36%, reduced analgesic consumption, reduction in perceived need for surgery, and clinically meaningful improvement in joint confidence.
What does GLA:D involve?
GLA:D® program involves 2 education sessions and 2 weekly group exercise sessions for 6 weeks.
If a group class situation doesn’t suit you, please see your physio who can give you some specific, individually tailored exercises to help strengthen the muscles around the joints as you await the surgery.
In the meanwhile:
- Stay active – aim for daily exercise. Regular, simple exercise like walking can improve/ maintain your cartilage health and joint health – So whether you get on to your stationary bike at home or go for short walks around the block.
- Try not to sit for too long (greater than 20 min), keep moving
- Try not to limp, as much as possible.
- Take charge of your own condition!