Since, Kinesiologists are not surgeons and cannot specifically tell a client to have surgery or not what can we advise? There are a couple of quick questionnaires that can assist you in deciding whether or not surgical intervention is needed.
The Oxford scores evaluate how the quality of pain you have been and how that affects your ability to do activities of daily living.
Pre-surgery exercise therapy that includes flexibility and strength training has been proven to assist with pain management and reduce the time it takes to return to pre-surgery functional levels. Although, recovery is 6-12 months, clients with a properly designed progressive exercise programs do get back to doing more activities than they were before the joint replacement, this is especially true if they have had some past history of participating in the activity.
Lifemoves recently had one client who was able to post-pone their joint replacement surgery for a couple of years by combining strength training with Fascial Stretch Therapy. We are looking forward to seeing them again once the site of surgery has healed and they are discharged from Physiotherapy. When considering surgery keep in mind the long-term impact your decision may have on your quality of life - positive or negative.
If you are struggling with osteoarthritis and need some guidance please call us at 604.283.1858. We would be happy to help.