Continuing Your Recovery Post a Total Knee Replacement: weeks 2-4

Thoughts for the next few weeks: “Exercise is medicine and this is my daily dose” “Each day I get better and better” “Recovery is a process” Things should be starting to improve. In my experience of working with patients, from being sore most of the time, there are good times in the day, patients still […]

Recovery Post a Total Hip Replacement

Patients post a hip replacement do well. One of the risks post a hip replacement is a dislocation. To help prevent this we have put some precautions in place to help prevent this. These precautions are in place for the first 3 months (unless otherwise indicated). In hospital you did exercises with the physio. In […]

Avoiding a fall

The World Health Organisation defines a fall as “an unexpected event in which the participant comes to rest on the ground, floor, or lower level”. Some people extend this definition, qualifying it with: “(a fall)… other than   as a consequence of a sudden onset of paralysis, epileptic seizure, or overwhelming external force”   Falls are […]

Butt Strength- exercises to save your knees.

In the last last article  we covered three common knee injuries: ITB, patella femoral knee pain and osteoarthritis of the knee. To help prevent these injuries, we bring you six exercises to activate your glutes and strenghtening and flexibility around the pelvis in order to unload the knee. There are hundreds of exercises that can be […]

Recovery post a Total Knee replacement. The first 2 weeks

Once discharged from hospital, your recovery begins. When you were discharged you were sent home with some pain medication. You probably were sent home with an exercise sheet from your physiotherapist too. This is where I believe in the saying “Exercise is Medicine”- as important as your take home medication, so too are your daily […]

Osteoarthritis and Obesity: more than just load through the joints

Causes of osteoarthritis (OA) can be from mechanical causes (a previous injury or trauma to the joint), metabolic and inflammatory contributions. We have all heard the old adage “running is bad for you knees”, and it has been repeated many times to me. Yet if I look at a cross section of my patients there […]

Get off your Butt to manage your knee pain

In this article we will look at 3 common knee conditions- patella femoral pain syndrome, iliotibial band syndrome, and osteoarthritis of the knee. These are all non-traumatic injuries of the knee which can be affected by load. In most injuries we need to assess load as this directs our management. Do we need to manage […]

Sunday 15 Otober is Garden Day- Believe in Tomorrow

Sunday 15 October is Garden Day. Garden Day is on a Sunday in the middle of October and is a day to invite friends and family to spend time in your garden. You get to sit back and relax and enjoy all your hard work! Gardening is a wonderful way of escaping our busy lives […]

Weight loss and exercise is best for osteoarthritis of the knee.

Today 12 October 2017 Is World Arthritis Day What is osteoarthritis? What we know about osteoarthritis (OA) is that it there are changes in the articular cartilage that covers the end of the bones. Osteoarthritis is driven by biomechanical and pro-inflammatory process. Osteoarthrits typically occurs in load bearing joints e.g. back, hips, knees and ankles. […]