Knee Pain

Why am I experiencing knee pain?

Knee pain can be a right nuisance. It can prevent you from doing what you want to do, whether that be your general daily activities, work, exercise, or sports, which can be highly frustrating.
Knee pain can come on gradually, often due to repetitive exercise, such as walking, running, cycling or sports, repetitive jumping, or kneeling lots.
Knee pain can also come on after a specific incident, such as twisting awkwardly, a fall, or overstretching.
Knee pain is typically due to either wear and tear of the knee joint, a muscular strain, ligament sprain, patella tendonitis, ITB syndrome, meniscal cartilage tear, a fracture, or a patella dislocation.
Wear and tear of the knee joint is a natural process that happens as you age. There are 4 stages of wear and tear. The first stage is where the cartilage in your knee joint starts to thin. The second stage is where the joint space in the knee begins to narrow, and the cartilage begins to break down. The third stage is where the joint space becomes even narrower, and gaps in the cartilage can appear. The final stage is where the joint space is greatly reduced, the loss of cartilage reaches beyond 60%, and large bony spurs form.
A muscular strain happens when a muscle is overstretched. Minor injuries may only overstretch a muscle, while more severe injuries may involve partial or complete tears in the muscle.
A ligament sprain happens when a ligament is overstretched. Minor injuries may only overstretch a ligament, while more severe injuries may involve partial or complete tears in the ligament.
Patella tendonitis is where the patella tendon attaching to the bone just below your kneecap becomes overloaded, resulting in certain changes to the tendon, including swelling, stiffness, inflammation, micro-tears and a reduced blood supply.
ITB syndrome is where the ilio-tibial tract, a strong band of tissue supporting the outside of your knee, leg and knee, becomes overloaded, resulting in friction, swelling, stiffness, and inflammation.
A meniscal cartilage tear is where the meniscus, a protective cushioning within your knee joint, becomes torn, or detached from the bone.
A fracture is where you break a bone in your knee. This can typically affect either your femur, tibia, or fibular bone.
A patella dislocation is where the patella, your knee cap, actually pops out of place.
As I’m sure you’re beginning to realise, there are such a wide range of potential causes for your knee pain.

Is there anything that can be done to make my knee pain better?

You might have tried resting your knee, stretching, hot or cold packs, taking painkillers, or seeing your GP, yet your knee pain simply won’t go away.
But rest assured, there is a solution. Physiotherapy is a safe and effective solution for knee pain. Our experts have helped countless amounts of people to overcome their knee pain and get back to living a pain free lifestyle.
Your therapist will first need to undertake an assessment, to effectively diagnose and help you to understand why you’re experiencing knee pain.
Your therapist will then put a comprehensive treatment plan in place to help you to overcome your knee pain and fully achieve your goals, supporting you at every step along the way.
This treatment plan will comprise an array of treatments, including expert ergonomic, postural, and sleeping advice, hands on therapy, and exercises to do at home, all tailored towards your specific knee pain.
Jonathan Clark Physio

How long is it going to take for my knee to get better?

Unfortunately, there isn’t a quick magical fix for knee pain.
A typical recovery journey for knee pain will last around 3-6 months.
It’s important that each stepping stone is ticked off, to allow you to not only fully recover from your knee pain, but to prevent recurrence of your knee pain in the future.
If you wish to get rid of your knee pain for good, there are 8 key stepping stones that make up your recovery journey.
number one
Diagnosing your problem
number 2
Decreasing your pain and swelling
number 3
Improving your movement and flexibility
number four
Improving your stability and control
number 5
Getting your muscles activating in the right way
Strengthening your muscles
Retraining your goal specific movements
number 8
Building resilience to prevent re-injury
For the vast majority of clients who present to us with knee pain, we find that it typically takes around 6-8 appointments to tick off all of these stepping stones. Some injuries require a little less, others a little more.
You might only have to tick off a few of the stepping stones, which would lead to a shorter recovery journey, but if you need to tick them all off, this will require a longer recovery journey.
How much will it cost?

Your initial appointment with us will cost £79. Each follow up treatment will cost £59. If you wish to see a Senior Therapist, the appointments will cost £89 and £69 respectively.

How do I start my recovery journey?
To begin recovering from your knee pain, give us a call on 02381300260 and ask to book in for a Physiotherapy Initial Appointment.
Alternatively, you can book online, by clicking on the book now button below. On our online booking page, the appointment you need to select is the ‘Physiotherapy – Initial Appointment’.