PHYSIOTHERAPY care for

Knee Pain

Causes of knee pain

The knee is the largest joint in the body and must sustain the greatest stresses since it supports the entire body weight above it. Knee problems are commonly attributed to a range of factors, with injuries like ligament tears or strains and overuse from repetitive activities, such as walking and running. Additionally, conditions like osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis can lead to chronic knee pain.

Knee pain is the most-treated condition at our clinic. We have a proven track record in effectively managing knee pain and improving function with a combined total of over 40 years in treating clients.

Symptoms of knee pain

Knee injuries often manifest with symptoms such as:

  • Knee pain
  • Swelling
  • Stiffness
  • Bruising around the affected area
  • Giving way
  • Locking
  • Clicking and popping

 

At our West London clinic, we often see knee problems accompanied by difficulty in:

  • Standing
  • Walking
  • Going up and down stairs
  • Sitting
  • Going from a sitting to a standing position 
  • Bending or straighten the leg

But there is no need to worry as there are many things we can do at Chiswick-Physio to reduce pain and improve knee function effectively.

Treatment of knee pain

Physiotherapy for knee pain typically involves a combination of:

  • Reducing knee pain and symptoms
  • Strengthening exercises
  • Education
  • Manual therapy
  • Improving joint mobility

Exercises for knee pain

Exercise is appropriate for all people with knee pain, irrespective of age, severity of symptoms or disability. It is best to see our knee specialists as soon as possible after the onset of knee pain. They will provide a treatment plan to ensure exercises are achievable and safe to support your recovery and reduce pain.

Exercises will focus on strengthening the thigh muscle and the lower leg, hip and trunk. 

How can I arrange a physio for knee pain?

Contact the clinic, and one of our knee specialists can discuss the best roadmap to recovery from your knee injury.

FAQs

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What are the symptoms of knee pain?

Knee pain can manifest with various symptoms, including discomfort, aching, or sharp pain in the knee joint. Other common symptoms include swelling, stiffness, a popping or grinding sensation, limited range of motion, and in some cases, instability or difficulty bearing weight on the affected knee. It’s important to note that the specific symptoms can vary depending on the underlying cause of the knee pain, which can range from overuse injuries and arthritis to ligament or meniscus tears.

How do I know if my knee pain is severe?

If you have severe knee pain or any of the symptoms listed below, we encourage you to consult with one of our knee specialists or your healthcare provider.

  • Knee pain that wakes you at night
  • Instability and giving way of the knee
  • Locking of the knee
  • Unable to straighten the leg fully
  • Knee pain and swelling
  • Knee pain and bruising
  • Knee pain that is not improving
How do I know if my knee pain is severe?

If you have severe knee pain or any of the symptoms listed below, we encourage you to consult with one of our knee specialists or your healthcare provider.

  • Knee pain that wakes you at night
  • Instability and giving way of the knee
  • Locking of the knee
  • Inability to straighten the leg fully
  • Knee pain and swelling
  • Knee pain and bruising
  • Knee pain that is not improving
What should I avoid doing if I have knee pain?

If you have knee pain, it’s important to avoid activities that put excessive stress on your knees, such as heavy lifting, sudden, jarring movements or high impact activities such as running and jumping. Additionally, refrain from ignoring the pain or pushing through it, as this may worsen the underlying issue and delay proper treatment.

When should I see a physiotherapist with knee pain?

You should see a physiotherapist for knee pain if it persists for more than a few days, limits your ability to perform daily tasks, or if you experience swelling, instability, or a loss of range of motion in your knee. Early intervention with a physiotherapist can help prevent the condition from worsening and improve your recovery prospects.

What is the best exercise for knee pain?

The best exercise for knee pain depends on the underlying cause of the pain, but generally, low-impact activities like swimming, stationary biking, or gentle strength and flexibility exercises prescribed by a physiotherapist can be beneficial in reducing knee pain and improving joint function.

Why does my knee click?

Knee clicking can occur for various reasons, such as the movement of tendons or ligaments over bony structures, which can create a popping or snapping sound. It can also be associated with conditions like meniscal tears or cartilage damage, where irregular joint surfaces can lead to audible clicks during movement.

Will I need surgery for my knee pain?

Many cases of knee pain can be effectively managed with conservative treatments such as physical therapy, medication, or lifestyle modifications. Surgery is typically considered when conservative treatments have been unsuccessful or in cases of severe injuries like torn ligaments or advanced joint degeneration.

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