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  • Writer's picturejodi arnott

Winter, goals and knee arthritis!

Updated: Apr 18, 2022

Winter is upon us! Bundle up and get outside for a walk or winter sport, to enjoy the fresh crisp air, exercise, and some much needed Vitamin D!

I have one patient who is particularly excited! He came to the clinic because of a flare up in his osteoarthritic knee. His goal? To ski again this year.

We needed a couple of appointments close together to effectively manage his symptoms, and make sure he was confident with his exercise form. Since then, he has been working on specific exercises to condition his lower body with the strength, balance, and reaction time it needs to safely hit the slopes.

Over the past 2 months, he has been coming in intermittently for hands on treatment as needed, and for progressions and modifications to his home training program. Although the arthritis in his knee is still there (we can’t change that), the swelling, pain, and stiffness is gone. He is in his 70’s, but skiing has always been a part of his life, and in his case it was an achievable goal. He was active and otherwise healthy, had the experience, had the motivation, and put in the work.

Risk is everywhere, and some activities are ‘riskier’ than others. But in most cases, you shouldn’t have to cut out what you LOVE. And treatment doesn’t have to be complicated to be effective!

Get advice on what you have control over to reduce those risks and achieve your goals. I’m a huge advocate of moving your body, and understanding safe ways to exercise, progress and prevent injury.

Whether your goal is to return to skiing, or going for a winter walk without fear of falling, or getting through a busy work day pain-free… having goals are great motivators. They keep things in focus, and give you something to work towards. I will help you set ones that are realistic (for YOU).

Want to be prepared for ski season (or anything else for that matter)? What are your 2022 goals? Sky Physio can help! #reachforbetter :

  • Education on injury prevention and safety

  • Proprioceptive (balance) training

  • Sports specific exercises- not your typical 3 sets of 10 reps

  • Manual therapy (hands on)- joint mobilizations for pain/swelling/stiffness, soft tissue work, neuromotor feedback

  • Knee bracing if necessary- off the shelf OR custom

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