In a study of 13,000 military personnel, patients coming in for knee osteoarthritis were four times more likely to receive a corticosteroid injection rather than receive physical therapy. Despite physical therapy being a non-invasive option, it is frequently not chosen as a first treatment option for osteoarthritis despite OA guidelines suggestions. Physical therapy offers conservative management of osteoarthritis, keeping patients from more serious and invasive measures such as surgery or injections.
Studies show that movement can help reduce mobility limitations caused by osteoarthritis. Walking alone has been shown to help reduce limitations by 16-18% in adults who walked 6,000 steps or more a day. By working with a physical therapist, you can learn how to move safely and maintain mobility despite osteoarthritis.