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Osteoarthritis and Prehabilitation

Do you or your family member currently have a diagnosis of Osteoarthritis? Did you have a joint replacement surgery scheduled that was cancelled due to Covid-19? Or, are you aware that you will require a joint replacement in the near future but are fearful of going into a hospital setting?

If you’ve answered yes to any of these, we can help!

Malvern East Physiotherapy is now offering a specific Osteoarthritis Prehabilitation program to improve function and reduce pain prior to surgery.

Prehabilitation is the process of undertaking exercise prior to surgery to improve a patients functional capacity, e.g reduce pain and improve muscle strength and control. There is growing evidence to show that a block of specific exercise (4-8 weeks) before surgery can actually improve the rate of recovery post surgery, and have a positive impact on post-operative pain and length of stay in hospital.

We often hear of people ceasing exercise because they feel it increases their joint pain, or they perceive that it will make things worse. This is a bit of a myth. The best evidence and literature surrounding OA management points towards exercise and weight management being the number one intervention. These are even more effective than medications! In fact, in some cases, prehabilitation has been so effective it actually prevents the need for surgery.

An extremely important factor in any rehabilitation program is the choice or appropriateness of exercise, dosage, and intensity of exercise. This is usually where people go wrong. It is important that an exercise plan for OA includes predominately resistance based exercises, functional task training, and an aerobic component of exercise. This might look very different for each person depending on the severity of their condition, functional limitations and levels of pain. This is why Physiotherapy guided programs are recommended.

Education is an equally important component to managing your OA. Having a better understanding of the condition, it’s risk factors, and pain presentation, will ultimately allow you to feel more confident and empowered in your prehabilitation. Like they say, knowledge is power!

Your Physiotherapist will discuss lifestyle and behavioural factors that may be influencing your condition. They can offer strategies and suggestions for lifestyle change, or refer to a more appropriate practitioner if required.

What does our program look like?

Firstly, your Physiotherapist will complete a thorough assessment collecting objective data used to establish a baseline of your current strength and functional capacity. This will make it easy to reassess, track your progress, and show improvements of your prehabilitation.

Once you have completed your assessment, you will be eligible to complete our program either in our clinical gym, or in the comfort of your own home via Teleconsultations using Zoom or Physitrack consults online. Your program will be individualised to include all necessary exercise components and will be supervised to ensure  exercise safety. This is important as exercises performed poorly can lead to increased pain and symptoms.

To learn more, please call our team or book your initial appointment online today.


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Last week our team celebrated another great year. 

Whilst Melbourne’s weather had its own plans, we were still determined to keep with the theme of ‘Italian Summer’. We let our hair down to master the art of mixology 🍸🍹followed by an Italian feast. Friday morning Run Club with the team. Practicing what we preach!

Staying stronger, healthier and happier. This time last week, our team was nervously completing their final preparations for @melbmara . 

Congratulations to our physiotherapists and ME community who ran on the day.

Dilen and Michael completed their first marathons. Abbey and Lizzie smashed out their first half. Last Sunday, our team headed down to see our own Matt Warren win a premiership in the VAFA Premier Men’s Competition. Last week our team dedicated a full day to professional development and team building. At ME Physio we pride ourselves on collaboration to put you at the centre of everything we do. 

Our team covered the latest treatments for back pain, financial well-being and finished off the day with salsa dancing. 

Many thanks to our guests including James Schomburgk from @the2ndvisitphysio , Financial Planners Tony Vikram & Cameron Bishop and the @salsafoundation At ME Physio, our focus is on helping you get stronger so that you can keep doing the things you love.

For Tony and Joan, healthier and stronger is being able to navigate the iconic Coast to Coast Walk in the UK! We recently had the pleasure of hosting Elise Bujor from Women’s & Men’s Health Physiotherapy to discuss women’s health issues across the lifespan. 

Our team pride themselves on staying up to date to ensure you’re able to stay healthier, happier and stronger. Huge milestones over the past few weeks with both Tom and Jude from @delasallefc doing their first bit of running in their rehab. 

Tom is on the return from an ankle dislocation whilst Jude is putting in the hard work following a knee reconstruction. Last week our team enjoyed some friendly rivalry at the footy. 

With finals around the corner, some of our team can now safely make holidays plans for September. We recently had the pleasure of hosting the podiatry team from @sespodiatry. 

Our physiotherapists Michael and Abbey presented on rehabilitation following Achilles surgical repair and ankle surgery. Last weekend some of our team got together to complete the 10 km run @runmelbourne. There was no finish line picture as some were keen to run another 15 km!

Whilst running wasn’t for some - brunch was well received by everyone. Shoulder impingement can be incredibly frustrating and painful. 

Tony has been working closely with our physiotherapists Vernon and Dilen to get on top of his shoulder pain. His treatment plan has included hands-on physiotherapy and individualised exercises in our hydrotherapy and strength programs.

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