My Knee Exercise
The Centre for Health, Exercise & Sports Medicine (CHESM) at the University of Melbourne are excited to announce the release of My Knee Exercise (www.mykneeexercise.org.au)! The website provides an evidence-based self-directed 6-month strengthening and physical activity program plus educational information. The program was designed for people over 45 years of age experiencing persistent knee pain or osteoarthritis. My Knee Exercise is available free-of-charge to all users (e.g. people with knee pain, physiotherapists, physiotherapy students, educators, researchers).
My Knee Exercise was designed and developed by physiotherapists (led by Miss Rachel Nelligan, Professor Kim Bennell, Professor Rana Hinman) at the University of Melbourne and tested in a clinical research trial. It was funded by an Australian National Health and Medical Research grant. My Knee Exercise guides people with knee pain through education about knee pain and exercise, a 6 month strengthening exercise program that progresses through 3 programs which can be completed independently at home, and creating plans to increase physical activity. My Knee Exercise contains useful patient resources (including log books for strengthening exercises and physical activity) that are provided digitally, so that people may print/download them for their own use. There are videos provided with the stories from experiences of others living with knee pain and the exercise programs so people have a reference for proper form.
Head to www.mykneeexercise.org.au to see and learn more!
If you haven't heard, CHESM has also released:
painTRAINER is an evidence-based online free program for people with chronic pain that teaches them effective pain coping skills. The program is based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy principles and teaches learners how their thoughts, feelings, and behaviours ultimately influence the pain experience. It is made up of 8 sessions, one per week, each lasting 30-45 minutes. The painTRAINER program is accessible whenever convenient via computer, tablet, or smartphone. People will learn a variety of pain coping skills and how to use them in their everyday life. Research has shown that completing painTRAINER has improved people’s ability to perform daily activities, reduced their pain, help them develop greater confidence that they can manage pain, and improved their mood for conditions such as osteoarthritis and cancer. The painTRAINER program was produced by researchers at the Centre for Health, Exercise and Sports Medicine (CHESM) at the University of Melbourne. Registration for health care professionals also allows an unlocked version of the site so that they may explore the websites features without mandatory viewing of modules. Find out more and start recommending this free resource for your patients today at www.painTRAINER.org
Educational knee pain information video
The University of Melbourne has created a video explaining knee pain using simple and positive language that is suitable for using with patients. Please watch this 10 minute video now to help you learn the best ways to explain knee pain to patients.
My Knee Community
The My Knee Community is an online support group designed by osteoarthritis and behaviour change researchers and hosted by the University of Melbourne. The forum is moderated by expert health professionals and promotes evidence-based management options. It is a place for people from anywhere in Australia with knee osteoarthritis to share experiences and discuss tips for living with persistent knee pain. People with clinical features of knee osteoarthritis are eligible to join. If you have clients/contacts who might like to join the new forum and our growing online community, they will need to complete the short online form by visiting the following link: http://go.unimelb.edu.au/x82r . There is no requirement to post nor any requirement to remain a member long term. Personal data provided is secure and kept confidential.