Arthritis - Peter

Objective

Rehabilitation after a knee replacement operation and improving the condition of the remaining arthritic knee

Background

Peter, 81, suffers with osteoarthritis in both knees and was due to have one of them replaced. He came to H2O Physio to help him lose weight and strengthen the supporting muscles around his knee.

Programme

  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Water Temperature: 31˚C
  • Speed: 2.0 to 4.0kph
  • Depth: 1100mm
  • Resistance Jets: Not activated
  • Direction: Forwards, backwards and sideways
  • Number of Sessions: 6

Outcomes

Retired managing director, Peter, is in good shape except for suffering with arthritis in his knees.

Playing rugby in earlier life, together with the usual wear and tear has more than likely contributed to his current condition.

Peter's aims were to strengthen the supporting muscles and lose weight to reduce the pressure on his knees.

Exercising in the underwater treadmill allowed both knees to move more freely, supported by the water and with the load dramatically reduced. Range of movement has increased and Peter's overall health and fitness has improved.

This form of exercise has resulted in less pain, inflammation and joint stiffness – a welcome relief to anyone suffering with arthritis.