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Sheffield Wednesday Football Club through their community programme is providing FREE exercise classes and educational workshops to those suffering from chronic joint pain, and in partnership with Sheffield’s leading specialist physio clinic, Hallamshire Physiotherapy.

The project is predominantly aimed at men and women aged 50+ but not exclusively, to deliver an educational, self-management and coping process that involves using pacing activities, motivation and behaviour change methods to support people living with chronic joint pain, such as osteoarthritis of the knees and hips.

Peter Thomason, Director of Hallamshire Physiotherapy Clinic said, “For anyone suffering from chronic joint pain, particularly osteoarthritis, these evidence-based, physio-led classes can have a significant effect on improving joint pain and function and give them the confidence to enjoy activities they love doing again.”

Osteoarthritis is a major contributor to disability worldwide and an economic burden on global healthcare systems*. It is hoped this partnership initiative between Sheffield Wednesday Football Club and Hallamshire Physiotherapy will start to make a big difference in improving the health of Sheffield residents and save the NHS money in the long term**.

Sean Graves, Health Manager at Sheffield Wednesday Football Club Community Programme added, “We are really pleased to be able to offer these free classes and to benefit the city’s residents in this way. Exercise has been proven to be the first line of treatment for osteoarthritis and thanks to Hallamshire Physiotherapy we can now help participants with their weight-management and strengthening of joint-surrounding muscles, helping reduce pain and stiffness and improving the outcome of surgery if a joint replacement is required.”

For more details of the courses and to register your interest contact Ben Lamb at

Hallamshire Physiotherapy Clinic was established in 2004 with the intention of providing a centre of excellence for physiotherapy, based on outstanding staff and a commitment to provide a high-quality service. Today the clinic has three locations and over twenty-four therapists providing specialist treatments in areas such as: Neurological Rehabilitation alongside the PD Warrior Programme, Balance/Vestibular Rehabilitation, Respiratory Treatment, MSK/Musculoskeletal Problems, Spinal Specialist Rehabilitation, Women’s and Men’s Health, Sports Massage and many more.


* A survey investigating whether patients forty-five and over with knee pain prefer to perform high or low resistance exercises for their home exercise programme? By Peter Thomason, Hallamshire Physiotherapy Clinic 2022.

Background: Osteoarthritis is a major contributor to disability worldwide and an economic burden on global healthcare systems. Resistance training is recommended as a first line treatment in the management of osteoarthritis and knee osteoarthritis, but the optimum level of resistance for patient outcomes is not clear. Patient preference should be considered in the clinical decision making of patients, yet little research has been conducted in this area.

Aims: To explore patients’ preference of resistance in the rehabilitation of knee osteoarthritis.

Methods: Observational research in the form of a cross-sectional questionnaire was performed in the form of an online survey, for patients referred into a Physiotherapy service in Sheffield, over the age of forty-five with a primary complaint of knee pain. Eighty-two participants successfully completed the survey. Inferences were made based on the preference of exercise between high resistance, low resistance, or no preference. Chi-square (χ2) analysis and ANOVA analysis was performed to look for differences in the data.

Results: Patients preferred to perform lighter resistance exercise over higher resistance or no preference. Patients between 69 and 80 were statistically more likely to choose the lighter resistance exercise, as well as patients not meeting the recommended aerobic exercise guidelines. Avoiding pain and preferring the clinician to choose the exercise appeared to be the main reasons behind the patients’ choices.

Conclusion: Pain appears to be a major contributor to patients’ decisions in the management of their knee osteoarthritis. Better education is recommended for both patients and clinicians in the management of osteoarthritis. Patients also appear to prefer lighter resistance exercise, particularly older adults, and those less physically active.


** The prevalence of knee OA is only increasing, with data showing an 8.3% increase from 1990 to 2017 (Safiri et al 2020). This is only expected to increase and is predicted to increase the pressure and costs on the NHS over the coming years (Clarke and Ellis, 2014).

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