Knee Pain

The knee is crucial for support and movement and plays a key role in all activities of daily living. Due to its position in our body and the number of muscles attached to it, it allows us to sit, stand, walk, run, and jump. A healthy knee will make locomotion more efficient and reduce the energy required to move. There is a considerable amount of research on the knee due to the prevalence of knee pain and injuries. Studies show that early intervention and treatment will give you the best possible outcome.

What is knee pain?

Knee pain is common and can occur at any stage of life. It can originate from:

  • Joint conditions such as osteoarthritis, Osgoods Schlatters Disease, meniscal tear, patellar dislocation or subluxation
  • Soft tissue injuries such as muscle strains, ligament sprains or tears, tendinopathies
  • Biomechanical dysfunction such as patellofemoral syndrome

What symptoms are associated with these conditions?

  • Pain at the front, back or side of the knee
  • Inability to bear weight on your knee
  • Swelling, redness, warmth in or around your knee
  • Stiffness or restricted movement
  • Giving way
  • Locking or catching (inability to straighten your knee fully)
  • Muscular aches around the knee
  • Weakness or instability

What do I do if I have any of these symptoms?

  • Book an appointment with one of our musculoskeletal physiotherapists!
  • Your therapist will carry out a thorough assessment, which will involve asking you about your injury and any relevant factors, examining and functional testing of your knee and lower limb.
  • The outcome of the assessment will determine what treatment approach will suit you best.
  • Your expectation and goals for recovery will guide your personalized treatment plan.

Several factors can contribute to your knee pain, such as:

  • Increased weight
  • Poor sleep
  • Inactivity
  • A lack of muscle strength or flexibility
  • Hip or foot pain that changes the way you walk, increasing stress on the knee
  • General health
  • Stress and low mood
  • Overactivity
  • Sports or occupations that put repetitive stress on the knee or have an increased risk of injury
  • Previous injury

How can physiotherapy help you?

If you have just suffered an injury to your knee (acute), your physiotherapist will assess your knee to determine if you need further investigations.

Your physiotherapist can advise you on managing your symptoms to settle your knee pain and optimize your recovery.

If you’ve had or are having surgery, your physiotherapist can guide you through pre-operative and post-operative rehabilitation to achieve the best possible outcome.

If your knee pain is persistent, your physiotherapist will address all the contributing factors and tailor a plan to help you manage your pain and return to what you love to do.

Treatment will be individualized and may include:

  • Goal setting
  • Education to help you understand your condition
  • Pain relief can involve massage, joint mobilization, bracing, taping and dry needling
  • Exercise prescription and programming
  • Activity modification
  • Sleep hygiene
  • Learn ways to manage pain
  • Dietary advice
  • Lifestyle advice

Where can I book?

To book an appointment with a musculoskeletal physiotherapist for assessment and treatment of your knee, please click here.

Prevention is better than cure!

At Body Sense, we offer supervised exercise classes in the morning and evening. We cater to all fitness and strength levels. We show you how to exercise safely and strengthen your body. This approach will allow you to self-manage any condition and prevent flare-ups. We help you regain strength and fitness for your job’s demands or be physically fit for your favourite sport.

To book in click here.


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