Patient Education


Osteoarthritis Program


This program is designed for individuals with hip or knee osteoarthritis or degenerative changes of the spine.  Patients awaiting total joint replacements are appropriate candidates.

Be Proactive with your joint health!

Seventy percent of individuals will develop arthritis over a lifetime.  Learn how you can be proactive and prevent pain and disability due to arthritis.

Osteoarthritis implies an inflamed joint by its very name, but for a long time the role of inflammation in osteoarthritis has been somewhat controversial. The pathology reflects the result of joint disease, with loss and erosion of articular cartilage, subchondral sclerosis, and bone overgrowth (osteophytes). Simply, there is degradation of the joint surfaces with smooth cartilage and underlying bone being replaced by irregular surfaces, with bumps, craters and fissures.

However, individuals pain and disability is not directly related to the degree of joint damage.

Other factors are at play, including strength and biomechanics.  A Physiotherapist can assess these factors and implement a strategy to reduce pain and disability and even slow further joint damage.

At, The Physio & Massage Institute Ltd, Clinical Director, Alicia Hagedorn is specially trained in Orthopaedic Manual Therapy having completed a Master's of Science at The University of Western Ontario, acquiring a specialty in Orthopaedics.