Osteoarthritis Knee

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Knee osteoarthritis, or degenerative arthritis of the knee, is a type of wear and tear arthritis. Aging is the most common risk factor for the millions of people worldwide who suffer from osteoarthritis knee. Other factors that can also increase your risk are excess weight that put pressure on your knees, gender (women over 55 are more likely than men to develop osteoarthritis of the knee), athletics particularly from long distance running, tennis or football, as well as heredity factors. Symptoms include pain during activity but that reduces with rest, swelling, warmth in the knee joint, stiffness especially in the morning, decrease mobility when you get off from sitting, or when you climb stairs, and hearing creaking or cracking sounds when moving the knee.

At YAPCHANKOR, we have helped many knee osteoarthritis sufferers achieve real long-term recovery without the use of steroid injections or invasive total knee replacement surgery. We know very well that pain from an arthritic knee joint can cause your quality of life to be severely depressed. We also know that you may have tried other treatments that did not work, or are considering a non-invasive alternative before a major surgery.

Step 1: Assess

During your first visit to us for your osteoarthritis knee therapy, our physiotherapist will perform a physical exam, to check for pain, swelling and to measure your knee’s active and passive range of motion. We will also ask you to rate your pain on a scale of zero to 10 and discuss how well you’re functioning with your pain. We focus on real results for our patient, so we make a strong effort to measure your progress throughout our treatment, sometimes with photos and videos too.

If you have already seen a doctor or tried any other treatments, it will be helpful if you brought the report or any X-ray, MRIs or CT scans that you may have.

Step 2: Integrative Therapy

Our osteoarthritis  knee therapy is a non-invasive, painless alternative to surgery. We combine modern physiotherapy with our scientifically-proven herbal Chinese medicine patches. Our physiotherapists will first aim to reduce the pain and inflammation with a variety of techniques such as massage/muscle release techniques, heat, TENs (electrical stimulation), and ultrasound. They will also wrap our proprietary herbal medicine patches around your affected knee after the physiotherapy session. These patches must be worn by you for at least 12 hours, and they help to reduce pain and inflammation as well as to improve blood circulation and healing rates.

As you regain function when the pain in your knee reduces, our physiotherapist will progress to facilitating the healing in your knee. Our therapy is always supported by our effective medicine patches, which are the core of our methods. Our physiotherapists will also teach you a strengthening and range of motion exercises to increase the mobility of your knee. With arthritic joints, we need to support the joint’s function with stronger surrounding muscles and tissues, which tend to atrophy when you don’t use your knee regularly.

Step 3: Results

Knee osteoarthritis is a chronic condition that can happen when our bodies age and will typically take about 3 to 4 weeks of treatment sessions with us. Our patients report seeing progress around 7 to 10 sessions or around a week of treatment. How quickly you recover will depend on various factors, such as the initial severity of your osteoarthritis, how old or chronic the condition is, whether you are diligent with the exercises we recommend and how often you come back for treatment.

Knee Osteoarthritis patient from Italy tells her recovery story:

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