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Physiotherapy Exercise and Physical Activity for Knee Osteoarthritis (PEAK)

Explore exercises and strategies for minimising pain and improving mobility of patients with knee osteoarthritis.

2,089 enrolled on this course

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Implement best-practice care to people with knee osteoarthritis

The PEAK program was devised by leading physiotherapists at the University of Melbourne on the basis of research evidence. On this course we guide physiotherapists in how to implement best-practice care to people with knee osteoarthritis, delivered through one-to-one consultations, via videoconferencing (using the Zoom platform) or during face-to-face, in-person consultations.

The PEAK program focuses on patient empowerment through education, prescription of a strengthening exercise program and a physical activity plan, individualised to patient needs, and using minimal exercise equipment (e.g. elastic resistance bands and/or body weight) to enable patients to perform exercise independently at home.

Many of the principles and concepts are applicable to other common musculoskeletal conditions, and to other telehealth videoconferencing platforms. Importantly, a suite of useful patient resources (including a Zoom consultation preparation booklet, an exercise booklet, an osteoarthritis information booklet, a knee plan and log book) are provided, so that physiotherapists may print/download them or use with their patients in a clinical setting.

This course is also available to take in Spanish.

What topics will you cover?

Evidence-Based Knee Osteoarthritis

  • What is osteoarthritis?
  • Making the diagnosis…
  • Pain, comorbidities, and misconceptions with osteoarthritis
  • Evidence-based management of osteoarthritis

Telehealth Delivery of Physiotherapy Care

  • Introduction to telehealth
  • Technical connections for telehealth
  • Getting started with telehealth
  • Learning how to use Zoom

The PEAK Program

  • Getting started
  • The first consultation
  • Follow up consultations

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Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Describe the best-practice management of knee osteoarthritis, based on the latest research evidence
  • Summarise osteoarthritis, its prognosis and common treatment approaches, including the benefits of exercise and strategies for staying physically active to your patients.
  • Apply a structured program of education, strengthening exercises and an individualised physical activity plan with your clients who have persistent knee pain.
  • Perform delivery of the PEAK program in your clinical setting, during both face-to-face consultations and via telehealth.

Who is the course for?

Physiotherapists, Physiotherapy students, educators, researchers and other health professionals

What software or tools do you need?

To complete some exercises with patients you may require basic equipment such as resistance bands.

Who will you learn with?

Rana is a physiotherapist, researcher and Professor at the University of Melbourne, Australia. Her research focuses on chronic musculoskeletal pain, along with telehealth & digitally-supported care.

Professor of Physiotherapy and Director of the Centre for Health, Exercise and Sports Medicine at the University of Melbourne with expertise in the management of chronic musculoskeletal conditions

Who developed the course?

The University of Melbourne

The University of Melbourne is a public research university located in Melbourne, Australia. We are Australia’s number one university and world leader in education, teaching and research excellence.

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    Melbourne, Australia
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    Top 40Source: Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021

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