Knee pain is possibly one of the most common complaints from patients in therapy today, and there can be a variety of causes. The location and severity of the pain may vary depending on the cause and the structure involved.
Common types of knee pain include:
- Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injury: This is where the ligament within the knee is damaged causing instability of the joint. Generally, this injury can be rehabilitated through protection and strengthening, however in extreme cases surgery may be required.
- Cartilage damage: The meniscus is the cartilage that sits on top of the tibia, preventing the femur (thigh bone) and tibia (shin bone) from making contact with one another when the knee is moving.
- Patella Tendonitis: This is inflammation of the tendon that runs over the patella (knee cap) into the tibia. As the tendon becomes inflamed it can cause pain when carrying out day to day activities such as walking, sitting to standing etc.
- Iliotibial Band (ITB) Syndrome or “Runners Knee”: This occurs when the ITB (band of connective tissue running down the outside of your thigh) becomes so tight and restricted that it compresses against the thigh and lateral aspect of the knee.
- Pes Anserine Tendonitis/Bursitis: This is inflammation of the tendons and/or bursa on the medial aspect of the knee. Often mistaken as a medial collateral ligament (MCL) injury, this can be treated through physical therapy management and rehabilitation.
- Knee Bursitis: This is inflammation of the bursa (pad) that sit on the outside of the joint, underneath the tendons and ligaments to allow them to glide smoothly over the joint.
So what can you expect from treatment:
- Postural assessment: This is to ascertain if there are any differentiations between joints/structures in the body that may be contributing or causing the injury
- Active/Passive/Resisted Range of movement tests: To check for any strength or length tension issues within the muscles/joints
- Advanced Soft Tissue techniques
- Shockwave Therapy
- Dry Needling
- Dry Cupping
- Kinesiology Taping
- Exercise prescription/rehabilitation
If you have been putting up with knee pain then get in touch so we can find the cause of the problem.
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