At Cardiff and Vale University Health Board we are offering a session called OAK which is dedicated to the management of osteoarthritis of the knee. The OAK knee programme has been developed in collaboration with GP’s, Orthopaedic surgeons, Physiotherapists and people like you, who have osteoarthritis of the knee.
The 90 minute group session is delivered by specially trained physiotherapists currently via zoom. They offer the opportunity for people who have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis of the knee to learn more about the condition and various ways which can help you effectively manage the symptoms associated with it.
We all appreciate that people are different; we enjoy different things and have different goals in our lives. Similarly, Knee osteoarthritis affects people in different ways. So finding the right treatments or management plans to suit your needs is important.
That is why; at OAK we believe you should be at the centre of making the decision about how you want to manage your arthritic knee. We know that people who are involved in these decisions are more likely to engage in the treatment and to have a more successful outcome.
OAK knee is about sharing information and experiences that will help you to make those decisions. We provide up to date information about osteoarthritis, what it is and what it isn’t. We also bring the science, which tells us which treatments are safe and effective ways of managing knee osteoarthritis. There is also information about what services are available locally to help you. Importantly, you and others can bring your own experiences of knee osteoarthritis, how it affects you and what has or hasn’t been effective in your circumstances.
By the end of an OAK session you should have a better understanding of the condition, what you want to do to manage it and how to go about getting the help you need.
A total knee replacement also known as an arthroplasty is a surgical procedure offered to patients, when their arthritis is becoming unmanageable. Normally an individual with arthritis will have tried to manage it with other non-surgical strategies such as pain relief, exercise, weight loss and sometimes a steroid injection.
A total knee replacement involves replacing the joint surfaces at the end of the thigh bone (femur) and the top of the lower leg (tibia).
Following surgery and in the hospital, the individual will start physiotherapy and be guided through exercises to start regaining movement and getting muscles working again. These exercises will be important to continue with for some months after surgery and will be supported with outpatient physiotherapy support, support will be mostly available online.
In the current climate we are coming up with innovative ways to support people with joint pain to better manage their symptoms and improve their function, keeping them well and enhancing their quality of life.
As a result we have rolled out our OAK Programme virtually via ZOOM. This will involve participating in a group-based education session from the comfort of your own home – don’t worry, we will be able to support you in setting this up.
Once you have completed the linked referral form please return it via email to Physiotherapy.Central@wales.nhs.uk
You will then be contacted by a physiotherapist via telephone to confirm your suitability to participate in the programme.
For further queries regarding the programme please contact us on 02920 335717