Knee Pain

Physiotherapy for Knee Pain

Knee pain is a common problem that can originate in any of the bony structures compromising the knee joint (femur, tibia, fibula), the kneecap (patella), or the ligaments and cartilage (meniscus) of the knee.

Knee pain can be aggravated by physical activity, as well as obesity, affected by the surrounding muscles and their movements, and be triggered by other problems (such as a foot injury).

Knee pain can affect people of all ages, and home remedies can be helpful unless it becomes severe.

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What causes knee pain?

There are a varied number of causes for knee pain. The most common ones are:

  • Acute injury: such as a broken bone, torn ligament, or meniscal tear

  • Medical conditions: rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, infections

  • Chronic use or overuse conditions: osteoarthritis, chondromalacia, IT band syndrome, patellar syndromes, tendinitis, and bursitis

What are knee pain symptoms and signs?

The location of the knee pain can vary depending on which structure is involved. With infection or an inflammatory process, the whole knee might be swollen and painful, while a torn meniscus or fracture of a bone gives symptoms only in one specific location. A Baker cyst will usually cause pain in the back of the knee.

The severity of the joint pain can vary, from a minor ache to a severe and disabling pain.

Some of the other signs and symptoms that accompany knee pain are

  1. Difficulty weight bearing or walking due to instability of the knee

  2. Limping due to discomfort

  3. Difficulty walking up or down steps due to ligament damage

  4. Locking of the knee (unable to bend the knee)

  5. Redness and swelling

 

The common conditions encountered by the knee joint are

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Tibia/Femur/Patellar Fractures

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Ligament and Meniscal Tears
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Knee Osteoarthritis

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Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome
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Chondromalacia Patellae

How can physiotherapy help in Knee Pain?

Physiotherapy treatment will vary widely between patients based on the following factors:

  • The diagnosis

  • Stage of injury (acute or chronic)

  • Fitness level of the patient

  • Patients lifestyle factors and goals of treatment

  • Severity of the injury or the underlying disease

Treatment will likely involve some combination of patient education, manual therapy, modalities if needed and ergonomic advice all expertly designed by the physiotherapist to address the patient’s specific diagnosis and achieve their functional goal


If you are experiencing any such pain or discomfort, contact us for a customized treatment approach by an expert physiotherapist and for an exclusive HealYos home physiotherapy experience.


 

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