Knee Pain

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Knee pain is very common and can be particularly problematic because of how much it can affect your mobility. With the ageing Australian population we are seeing a higher number of arthritic knee pain requiring management, but we can’t forget about knee pain that affects the younger generations as well.

Causes:

Knee pain can have many causes, including:

  • Soft tissue injuries, e.g. ligament sprains or muscle strains
  • Bone conditions, e.g. osteoarthritis, osgood schlatters
  • Biomechanical dysfunction, e.g. patellofemoral syndrome
  • Referred pain, e.g. from your back or sciatic nerve

Treatment varies significantly depending on the cause of the knee pain, which is why it is so important for your Physiotherapist to diagnose the cause early and accurately.

Artius Physiotherapists are very experienced in the diagnosis and management of both acute and chronic knee conditions. Through an extensive assessment process they are able to provide you with a diagnosis of your knee pain that ensures that you receive the most effective treatment plan for your knee pain.

How can I prevent knee pain?

Due to the nature of the knee joint and its surrounding structures and musculature, small changes in the biomechanics of the knee caused by weakened muscles or muscle imbalances can increase your chances of developing knee pain.

To prevent the development of knee pain, our Physiotherapists recommend:

  • Ensuring that your muscles that support your knees, including your quadriceps, hamstrings and calves are strong
  • Maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight makes you 4/5 times (men/women) more likely to develop knee osteoarthritis; however, just a 10% reduction in weight has been shown to result in a 28% increase in knee function (walking, climbing up stairs)
  • Partake in a regular stretching program that targets the muscles around your knees to ensure that they don’t get tight and cause muscle imbalances
  • Participating in a low impact exercise program, like bike riding or swimming, to maintain your fitness and health.

I have knee pain - what's the next step?

Seek assessment and treatment with an Artius Physiotherapist!

Physiotherapists are highly skilled in the diagnosis and treatment of knee pain and will spend the time to perform a full examination to ensure that they have a full and clear understanding of the underlying cause of your knee pain. This assessment may include:

  • Your active and/or passive range of motion
  • Muscle tone and balance around the knee, ankle and hip joints
  • Nerve mobility testing
  • Muscle strength around the knee, ankle and hip joints

We are very passionate about ensuring that the treatment we provide aligns with the most recent evidence available so that you get the best outcome for your knee. Our Physiotherapists know that all knees are different, and always provide tailored treatment programs for all their clients in the management of their knee to ensure that both the pain and the cause of the pain are being fixed.

Treatment provided may include:

  • Joint mobilisation
  • Soft tissue massage
  • Stretching
  • Strengthening
  • Exercises
  • Taping

I have knee pain - what's the next step?

If you would like to speak to someone or organise an appointment with one of our experienced Physiotherapists to help you assess, treat, manage and/or prevent knee pain, contact us today.

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