Most people have had a minor knee problem at one time or another. Knee pain can have a huge impact on your life. It makes your daily activities more difficult.
The knee joint is one of the most important joints of the body. It is probably the joint that bears most of the body weight, regardless of whether you are sitting, standing, or walking. It is also one of the most commonly affected joints for injuries and other disorders that may lead to improper functioning of the knee.
What is Knee Pain?
Knee pain is a common problem that can occur in any of the bony structures comprising the knee. Knee pain can affect people of all ages.
Symptoms of knee pain may include:
- Warm feeling
- Popping or crunching sounds
- Difficulty straightening the knee
Depending on the cause of the problem, people with knee pain may experience symptoms differently.
What Causes Knee Pain?
The knee joint is particularly susceptible to damage and pain because it carries most of the weight of the body and takes any extra force when you run or jump. It’s at greater risk if your muscles are not working correctly and optimally.
When you get older, your risk of getting knee pain increases. People who are overweight or too much inclined into sports also have a high risk of knee injuries. Sports that involve a lot of turning such as football, netball and basketball carry a high risk of knee problems.
The fact that it has a complicated structure and it is being used frequently throughout the day, the knee joint can be affected by poor biomechanics. Any change in the movement of the joint can cause subtle degenerative changes, resulting in pain and injury.
Excess weight increases the stress on the knee joint. People who are overweight and obese are at high risk of osteoarthritis in which the cartilage breaks down more rapidly.
Certain exercises or occupational activities involve repetitive motions and overuse which also speed up cartilage breakdown. This can eventually lead to knee pain.
How Physiotherapy Helps with Knee Pain
Physiotherapists are highly trained in assessment of knee pain, as with many musculoskeletal problems. A physiotherapist will assess your problem and will develop an individualised treatment plan based on your condition.
Treatment techniques for knee pain in general include:
- Modalities such as ice and heat (traditionally ultrasound or electrical stimulation)
- Manual therapy
- Therapeutic exercises
- Functional exercises
- Self-care instruction
In addition to knee assessment, your lower limb will also be examined in order to design a treatment program that will help you progress quickly and get you pain free in the shortest time possible and allow you to resume your normal daily activities or sport.
The treatment program focuses on restoration of your normal range of movement, strengthening, and reducing the risk of injury. Strengthening and keeping your knee active is essential for recovery. Your physiotherapist may prescribe a series of exercises to prevent and manage your pain, and optimise your health.
Knee pain is something that you shouldn’t take lightly if it goes to the point that it affects your daily activities.
Happy Physio can help sort out your knee pain. Call us today on 92727359 to book an appointment!