Osteoarthritis Pain

Osteoarthritis Pain is one of the most common presentations that we encounter at MAD Physiotherapy. The condition is a common experience amongst the general population as well as athletic and occupational populations. Whilst osteoarthritis can be daunting, there is good evidence to demonstrate the that majority of osteoarthritic pain can be reduced without the need for surgery or significant medical input outside of pain relief strategies.

Osteoarthritis pain carries common perceptions of deteriorating and debilitating pain and dysfunction. However, for the vast majority of patients this does not need to be the experience.

Considerations Around Osteoarthritis

The idea of osteparthritis can be daunting and often is considered a one way path to surgery such as joint replacement. However it is important to discuss your options with the relevant health professionals to understand your options and decide on the best course of action for you and your circumstances. There are certain conditions that respond best to surgical interventions, but in the case of osteoarthritis, the evidence is clear that a focus on graded strength exercises, general health improvements (such as body mass and dietary management) and pain management strategies are an effective strategy for pain mitigation, return to activity and avoidcance of surgery. We understand that decisions around osteoarthritis management can be difficult, for this reason we are always open to discussing options with patients and referring them for well reasoned opinions with the relevant healthcare professionals (GP, Sports Physician, Surgeon, Psychologist etc).

Osteoarthritis Physiotherapy Approach

The approach at Melbourne Athletic Development typically follows a structure of:

  1. Pain and activity modification as appropriate for the type and location of osteoarthritis – This may include input from other health professionals and or exercise loading strategies for pain relief. This may also include manual therapy and pain reducing interventions.
  2. Rehabilitation of deficits identified (Range of Motion, Strength, Speed, Power, Strength Endurance, Movement Bio-mechanics, Postural retraining)
  3. Initiation of low intensity activity (as appropriate pool, bike, walking, activities of daily living)
  4. Modified return to previous activities
  5. Graded return to full high intensity activity as required

Common Osteo-Arthritis Rehabilitation that we conduct:

  • Hip Arthitis
  • Knee Arthitis
  • Spinal Arthritis
  • Shoulder Arthritis


For some more information and commentary on decision making see the following blog.

  1. Decision making and opportunity cost.


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Sports Team Physiotherapy Coverage

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