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The knee joint is a large complicated hinge joint that can bend and straighten, playing an essential role in standing, walking, climbing stairs, running and everyday life. They are important in supporting our body weight each time we connect with the ground, and when they are affected it can impact us completing our daily activities.
Knee pain is a common issue that can present acutely (sudden and short term) or develop into a chronic issue (long term). Acute knee injuries may occur during everyday activities such as running, walking, during sport or as a result of tripping or landing awkwardly. Chronic knee conditions may result from worn cartilage or joints, osteoarthritis, repetitive compensation after an injury or poor movement habits. Commonly knee injuries may make it difficult to put weight through the leg, climb stairs, walk, run and sometimes get up from a chair. Knee pain may result in feelings of instability, pain, swelling, decreased balance, or a loss of movement.
Physiotherapists at Total Physiocare will take a thorough history of your condition, and a detailed assessment on your knee. We work along side other treating practitioners; referring for medical imaging when required. We then track your progress towards your goals through regular outcome measures to ensure that you are providing the most effective treatment for your individual needs and goals.
While your rehabilitation plan with us will be based on your individual presentation and needs, treatments often include a combination of hands on therapy, taping, strength building exercises, stretching and balance retraining to help return you to what you want to do.
Common Knee Conditions:
- Knee osteoarthritis
- Anterior knee pain (Patellafemoral pain syndrome or patella tendinopathy)
- Osgood Schlatters disease
- ACL or other ligament injury
- Meniscus injury
- Muscle strains
- Sciatica nerve related pain
Less Common Knee Conditions:
- Fractures of the bones of the knee (such as patella)
- Dislocation of patella
- Tendon ruptures