Unfortunately, there is no cure for osteoarthritis of the knee, and treatments will vary from case to case. Beyond a daily regimen of pain killers, glucosamine and chondroitin, and a grin-and-bear-it attitude, physicians may recommend anything from lifestyle changes to arthroscopic surgery. Sometimes, osteoarthritis sufferers are advised to lose weight and avoid high-impact activities such as climbing, distance running, and sports.
One way to reduce the impact exercise has on the knee is with unweighting therapy. Thanks to technologies like the AlterG®Anti-Gravity Treadmill™, physiotherapists can reduce body-weight impact during walking and running, all while precisely monitoring pain levels.
Just check out this knee osteoarthritis case study. At the time of her initial treatment, this 71-year-old patient was reporting 5/10 pain levels for even basic daily activities like walking. By the end of her treatment regimen with AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill technology, this patient was nearly pain-free and able to return to one of her life’s passions: hiking.
Chronic conditions and severe injuries often require more than traditional physical therapy protocols. For patients suffering from knee osteoarthritis, unweighting therapy is a great place to start.