Knee Osteoarthritis - Northern Beaches
Knee Osteoarthritis - Northern Beaches

Have you recently been diagnosed with knee Osteoarthritis by your GP?
Or been told that your knee joint is “bone-on-bone”?
This can all sound quite scary if you’ve not been given adequate education on your knee condition.

What is Knee Osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis is a chronic condition characterised by the degeneration of the cartilage on the ends of bones in joints. Your knee cartilage helps the ends of the femur (thigh bone) and tibia (shin bone) glide across one another so you can comfortably bend and straighten your knee. Cartilage also acts as a shock absorber, force transmitter and key stabiliser of the knee joint!
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis in Australia, with an estimated 9.3% of Australians (2.2 million) have this condition, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). Osteoarthritis represented over half (62%) of all arthritic conditions in 2017–18 (ABS 2019) and although osteoarthritis affects people of all ages, the prevalence increases from the age of 45 years.

How can a physiotherapist help?

The good news is, our physios have many different tricks up their sleeves to help ease your pain and increase your joint function.
Movement and physical activity is a great option for people suffering from knee osteoarthritis. Land-based exercises are ideal for most people and are strongly recommended by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP). Aquatic exercise, stationary cycling, and walking are also safe and effective activities that do not cause undue stress on the knee joint.
Exercise has also been found to be beneficial for other co-morbidities and overall health such as walking, resistance training, cycling, yoga and Tai Chi.

An individualised exercise program will be set by one of our physiotherapists, taking into account your goals and hobbies to support long term exercise compliance.

Book an appointment online at aushealthphysio.com.au or give us a call on (02) 9905 0048 to get your personalised exercise started today.

Compression Pants
Compression Pants

Normatec compression pants are a type of intermittent pneumatic compression (IPC) device. The device uses cuffs around the legs to provide and release pressure throughout your legs. Its goal is to improve the circulation of blood flow within the veins in the legs. Veins carry de-oxygenated blood from your body back to your heart.

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Do you know how many times per week we hear people say: “I just have arthritis in my knee, there’s nothing I can do about it” or “The surgeon just said to wait until it gets bad enough and then have a knee replacement”?

Our team of Physiotherapists at Aushealth Physiotherapy run a knee arthritis program for anyone with knee pain due to arthritis. This program gets great results for our patients, often helping them put off or avoid surgery altogether. 

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All stretches should be held for 15-20 secs and repeated twice. 

A good indication of how far you should stretch is to only go as far as you can go whilst maintaining normal regular breathing. You should avoid holding your breath and pushing the stretch into pain. 

Here is a sequence of moves that flow nicely from one stretch to the next.

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COVID Safety Notice

First published March 26, 2020 12:40pm. Updated 28th July 2021 9:30am AEST


All patients and visitors must be wearing a mask and sign in upon entry with a QR code.

New South Wales – Stay at home orders will continue in Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour until 11:59pm on Friday 27th August 2021.

The requirement to wear a face mask in all indoor areas of non-residential premises that was recently applied in Greater Sydney has been extended to all of NSW.

We ask that you please wear a mask when you are visiting any of our clinic locations in NSW and check in using the Service NSW app.

Read more from NSW Health – HERE

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Are you a dancer, field sport athlete or just enjoy going for a run? Have you ever had pain in your lower leg around the shin bone that impacts on your ability to do your sport? Pain in this area is commonly caused by Shin Splints (Or Medial Tibial Stress syndrome) and it could be affecting you. So……. what are Shin Splints?

Shin splints are a result of fatigue and trauma to the muscles, tendons and fascia of the lower leg around the tibia (shin) bone. The pain you feel is a result of these structures partially pulling away from the bone, as well as the inflammation that occurs secondary to this.

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