Best management often starts with the basic building blocks

While pain relief remains a primary objective, we use a multidisciplinary approach that aims to actively reduce progression of arthritis as well as improve symptoms. This is important as while advanced osteoarthritis is treated very successfully with a joint replacement, this is a last resort surgical option, and one that is delayed as much as reasonably possible. In addition, we have also known with a strong level of evidence for the last 10 years that knee arthroscopy neither improves pain long term, nor delays time to require a joint replacement. However, for those with early osteoarthritis and / or too young for a joint replacement there are successful non-surgical management options available to help manage your pain and improve function. This can include any combination of the following if suitable to your situation and needs:

  • Exercise: Regular and appropriate activity is equal or superior to anti-inflammatory medication. A guided and structured approach may be recommended with one of our physiotherapists, exercise physiologist or group classes.
  • Weight loss: Loss of 5kg has been shown to be effective in reducing the risk of knee arthritis by a factor of up to 50%, and reducing body weight by 10% shown to decrease pain by 40%. Consultation with one of our dieticians may also be advisable.
  • Analgesia: Natural therapies as well as various prescription options are available in our shop at SPARC, and our doctors are happy to discuss these options with you.
  • Supplementation: A range of supplements, including Glucosamine Sulphate and others are also available at our shop at SPARC.
  • Podiatry: Relevant biomechanical adjustment can help to unload areas of arthritis and therefore reduce pain and improve function. A review with a podiatrist may be advisable.
  • Braces: A range of modern and comfortable braces to deload the affected side and therefore reduce your pain are also available onsite at our shop facilities.
  • Radiofrequency denervation: The nerves that supply sensation to the knee joint can also be partly targeted but a simple procedure that disables them temporarily. While sensation will return over the course of 1-2 years, this can provide substantial pain relief and better allow you to pursue your exercise and weight loss programs for long term results.

If your arthritis warrants further intervention we are also fully versed in various injectable options including cortisone, hyaluronic (gel) supplementation, and platelet rich plasma (PRP), to keep you happy and active and delaying the need for joint replacement surgery.

We look forward to seeing you soon and discussing these options to keep you healthy, happy, and active.

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Dr Geoffrey Verrall and Podiatrist Michael Nitschke are both presenting their chosen topics of their specialties to members of the SA Sports Medicine Association this Sunday at Adelaide Oval.Michael is excited to discuss and run a practical presentation on clinical gait assessment & re-training.Dr Verrall is presenting on a rather hot topic here in South Australia... All things hamstring! How they injure, which and when the muscles injures and other current controversies surrounding hamstrings.#SASMA18 #Hamstrings #SouthAustralia #GaitTraining #Presentation #Podiatrist #SportsAndExercisePhysician #ClinicalAssesment #SPARC

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