Why am I experiencing knee pain?
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?
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.
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.
If you wish to get rid of your knee pain for good, there are 8 key stepping stones that make up your recovery journey.
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.
Diagnosing your problem
Decreasing your pain and swelling
Improving your movement and flexibility
Improving your stability and control
Getting your muscles activating in the right way
Strengthening your muscles
Retraining your goal specific movements
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 first appointment with us will cost £79. Each follow up treatment will cost £59.
How do I start my recovery journey?
To begin recovering from your knee pain, give us a call on 0238130060 and ask to book in for a Physiotherapy First 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 – First Appointment’.
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