What is knee pain?
Knee pain is a common condition that can affect people of all ages and can significantly impact your ability to move comfortably and carry out daily activities. The knee joint is a complex structure that supports the weight of your body and facilitates various movements, making it susceptible to injury and wear and tear. Knee pain can range from a mild discomfort to sharp, debilitating pain, making it difficult to walk, climb stairs, or engage in sports and physical activities.
What causes knee pain?
Knee pain can be caused by various factors, including:
- Knee injuries: Strains, sprains, and tears of ligaments or tendons in the knee, such as anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) or meniscus injuries.
- Osteoarthritis: Degeneration of the knee joint due to age or wear and tear.
- Patellofemoral pain syndrome: A condition characterised by pain around the kneecap, often aggravated by activities like running or squatting.
- Bursitis: Inflammation of the bursa sacs that cushion the knee joint.
- Tendonitis: Inflammation of the tendons around the knee.
- Overuse or repetitive strain injuries.
- Knee cap dislocation or misalignment.
- Cartilage injuries or damage.
Ignoring knee pain or engaging in activities that worsen the pain can lead to further damage, so seeking professional help is essential to address the issue promptly.
What does knee pain feel like?
Knee pain can present itself in various ways. You may experience aching, sharp pain, or a feeling of instability in the knee joint. Some people may notice swelling and warmth around the knee area.
Knee pain may be worse during certain movements, such as squatting, kneeling, or climbing stairs, and can interfere with your ability to participate in sports or exercise.
Early intervention and appropriate treatment can prevent knee pain from worsening and improve your overall quality of life.
How can Physio help?
Physiotherapy is a valuable approach to treating knee pain and addressing its underlying causes. Our experienced Physiotherapists will conduct a thorough assessment to identify the specific factors contributing to your knee pain. Understanding the root cause is crucial in developing a personalised treatment plan for effective pain relief and rehabilitation.
Physiotherapy aims to reduce knee pain, improve knee function and strength, enhance flexibility, and prevent future knee issues.
What treatment will you do for knee pain?
Following the assessment and consultation, our team of experts may recommend a combination of treatments to help alleviate knee pain, such as:
- Manual therapy techniques to release muscle tension and improve joint mobility.
- Targeted exercises to strengthen the muscles around the knee and improve overall knee stability.
- Functional exercises to improve your ability to perform daily activities without pain.
- Gait analysis and correction to ensure proper walking and movement patterns.
- Heat or cold therapy to provide pain relief and reduce inflammation.
- Biomechanical assessment to identify any structural issues that may contribute to knee pain.
- Acupuncture to help reduce pain
- Shockwave – to speed up the healing process
Our goal is to create a personalised treatment plan that not only addresses your current knee pain but also empowers you to take proactive measures to prevent future knee problems.
What can I do to reduce my knee pain before my appointment?
In addition to the treatments provided by our Physiotherapists, there are self-care measures you can adopt to manage knee pain:
- Avoid activities that exacerbate the pain and put extra strain on your knees.
- Use proper footwear and supportive knee braces if needed during physical activities.
- Maintain a healthy weight to reduce pressure on the knee joints.
- Perform regular low-impact exercises like swimming or cycling to keep your knee muscles strong and flexible.
- Incorporate stretching into your daily routine to maintain knee joint flexibility.
If you’re unsure whether Physiotherapy treatment is suitable for your knee pain, please click the button below to request a call back from our team of experts. They will provide more information and guide you in the right direction.
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