Knee OA PEAK Program Treatment

Vitalis Physiotherapy utilises the PEAK program for Knee Osteoarthritis to:

The PEAK program is Physiotherapy Exercises and physical Activity for Knee OA. The program was designed by the University of Melbourne to be delivered via telehealth over 5 sessions. The aim of the program is to prevent you from requiring a knee replacement.

Osteoarthritis is a disorder that can affect any moveable joint of the body, for example knees, hips, and hands. It can display itself as a breakdown of tissues and abnormal changes to the cell structures of joints. It may be initiated by injury, that activate maladaptive repair responses. As the joint tries to repair, it can lead to other problems.

  • Complex disorder of synovial joints, affecting all joint tissues.
  • Clinical syndrome of joint pain, functional limitation, and impaired quality of life.
  • Chronic disease with varying symptom severity.

The program involves:

  • Initial assessment to gauge your  current limitations and pain levels
  • Education on Knee OA and the current evidence on best treatment practices
  • Tailored exercise program to strength your muscles around the knee and lower limb
  • Access provided to educational material and video of each exercise

There is strong evidence that exercise prescription for Knee OA is just effective as pain medication in the short to medium term.

The Criteria for the Peak Program is:

  • age ≥45 years;
  • activity-related knee joint pain;
  • morning knee stiffness ≤ 30 mins;

You may also experience some of:

If you do not meet the criteria then you will review with your GP to ensure you able to start the program.

While the program has been designed to be completed via telehealth, just in time for COVID, it can also be done in person at our clinic.

Osteoarthritic Knee

knee OA

Knee OA Symptoms

  • Usage related pain – mechanical
  • Short lived morning stiffness < 30min
  • Feeling of giving way or buckling
  • Impaired physical function such as walking or stairs
  • Bony enlargement and tenderness
  • Limited ROM
  • Ligamentous instability
  • Altered gait pattern

Major risk factors for worsening pain/physical function

  • Increasing age > 45 years old
  • Increasing body mass index
  • Increased co-morbidity count
  • Higher baseline severity (both radiographic and symptomatic)
  • Bilateral knee symptoms
  • Depressive symptoms
  • Muscle weakness
  • Slower walking speed

Attending PEAK Knee OA Online Program

What you will need:

computer
Computer, laptop, tablet with webcam, speakers and micropfone
Physiapp
Email from Physitrack program
Form
Everything what you need for the call (booklets, exercise band, a pen)
Question mark
A list of any question you have for the physiotherapist

Setting up for Telehealth:

Door
Set yourself up in a private, well lit room where you have space to move around
Quiet
Room should be quiet so you and physio can hear each other
Light
Make sure a bright light is behaind your webcam, not behind you.
comfortable clothes
Wear comfotable clothes
chair
Have a stable chair without wheels in the room to use for your exercise program

Connecting:

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A few minutes before your appointment time, click on the link provided to you by email to join Physiapp call
hello
Check with the physio that they can hear you and see you

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Sinnamon Park Village

3/58 Oldfield Road, Sinnamon Park Qld 4073

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