Knee osteoarthritis education and management session

The most likely diagnosis for your knee pain is osteoarthritis. This is based on the information in the referral letter from your GP, surgeon or hospital specialist.

Osteoarthritis is a condition that makes your joints painful and stiff. It's the most common type of arthritis in the UK. The NHS website has more information on osteoarthritis.

We’ve made an appointment for you at a knee osteoarthritis education and management session. This session gives you information on how to manage your condition and symptoms.

To improve your symptoms and the activities that you can do, please come to the session and any follow-up appointments.

Before the session

Please check the time and place of the session in your letter. We hold these sessions at different places.

The session lasts about 1 hour. Please try to come to the whole session and arrive on time. If you are late, you may not be able to join the session.

If you need to cancel, please give us at least 24 hours' notice.

What to expect during the session

You have a group session with about 6 to 8 people. Please let us know about any issues or concerns at the start of the session.

Senior physiotherapists hold the education session. There is a group discussion, which covers:

  • how knee osteoarthritis is diagnosed
  • how you can manage your symptoms
  • what treatment options you have

Assessment and management plan

After the group discussion, you have a 1:1 session with a physiotherapist. This is a personalised session to assess your knee and plan your treatment.

We ask you to complete a short questionnaire about your knee condition. This helps us to understand how knee osteoarthritis affects your everyday life and activities.

The senior physiotherapist sends a report about the assessment and management plan to you and the healthcare professional who referred you.

Resource number: 3609/VER3
Last reviewed: May 2022
Review due: May 2025

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Contact us

If you have any questions or concerns about your knee osteoarthritis education and management session at Guy’s Hospital or St Thomas’ Hospital, please contact the physiotherapy department.

Phone: 020 7188 5094, Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 4.30pm

Do you have any comments or concerns about your care?

Contact our Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS)

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