Physiotherapy For Knee Pain
Knee injuries are one of the most common problems seen at Gatley and Heatons physio clinics.
If you have knee pain or have had an injury, it can be helped with physiotherapy treatment. The physio team at Gatley and Heatons physio have a wealth of experience at getting to the root cause of your problem.
Following a thorough examination, your physio will diagnose the cause of your pain and devise a specific treatment plan for you.
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Our Experienced Physiotherapists Regularly Treat Patients with Knee Pain at our Clinics in Gatley, Cheadle, Heaton Moor, Stockport and Didsbury
Symptoms usually include swelling, pain and loss of movement. Using an appropriate combination of physiotherapy treatment modalities, symptoms will be reduced, helping you to regain your function to allow you to get on with your normal activities.
All it takes to get started is an initial consultation with a member of our physiotherapy team, who will assess your knee to decide on the best way to get you back to your activities.
What are the common knee conditions that we see?
The three most common knee conditions are injury, arthritis, fractures and dislocations or rehabilitation following surgery.
- Ligament injuries such as ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) and MCL (medial collateral ligament). It is important the physio sees you soon after your injury to avoid secondary problems such as the knee stiffening or walking awkwardly which can result in hip or low back pain. From the history of your injury, we can usually diagnose what area/structures of the knee has been injured. Starting your rehabilitation very soon after the injury has been shown to be the best and fastest way to recover. The initial aims of treatment are to reduce pain and restore the movement in your knee.
- Meniscus (cartilage) tear. This can occur during sport, usually by twisting the knee when standing on it. A tear can also occur for no obvious reason, often these are associated with age related changes. Whatever the cause, it is important to see your physio to restore your normal knee movement as soon as possible and to commence strengthening exercises for the muscles.
- Muscle injury such as a Hamstring tear and thigh strain usually occurring when participating in sport. The muscle becomes bruised, painful and swollen causing reduced flexibility. Starting your rehabilitation soon after the injury has been shown to be the best and fastest way to recover. The initial aims of treatment are to reduce pain and swelling and when appropriate to start flexibility and strengthening exercises.
The cartilage covering the surfaces of the joint wear thinner with age. It is a natural process but may at times, cause the knee to become stiff and painful and with time, the muscles around the knee become weaker. The arthritic knee therefore has less support which will increase pain. Treatment will include strengthening exercises for the knee to do at home and more likely some hands-on treatment to assist you to regain full movement.
Anterior knee pain
There are many causes of pain at the front of the knee (anterior knee pain), such as Patellar tendinosis, Chondromalacia Patella, and Osgood-Schlatter’s disease. In common with these conditions are symptoms which get worse with activities of daily living such as walking downstairs, squatting, pushing the clutch pedal down, and sitting for long periods with the knee in a flexed position, such as at the cinema.
Following knee surgery
Physiotherapy is nearly always a necessity following surgery to the knee, following procedures such as:
- Total knee replacement usually performed for pain due to osteoarthritis.
- Arthroscopy (keyhole surgery) for injuries such as a meniscal tear.
- Reconstruction of the ACL.
The aims of physiotherapy rehabilitation following surgery is to restore the range of movement, increase the muscle strength, improve your proprioception and balance to get you back to your normal daily activities. Sport specific training may be included if indicated.
Fractures / dislocation
Fractures and dislocation of the knee can affect the patella, tibia (shin bone) or femur (thigh bone), usually occurring as a result of direct trauma such as a fall or being tackled in football. The medical treatment after a fracture or dislocation depends on many factors including the severity of the injury, your age and general health. It may involve immobilisation in plaster or surgery. At some point in your recovery, physiotherapy treatment to restore movement, strength and balance will be essential.
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How is knee pain usually treated by a physiotherapist?
There are many causes of knee pain and the treatment you receive will depend on the diagnosis. A physiotherapy examination will diagnose your problem so that a treatment plan can be made to reduce your symptoms, prevent the condition getting worse and help prevent problems in the future.
Depending on the diagnosis, physiotherapists have a wide range of different treatments for knee pain. For the best results, we will often use a combination of therapies for you. These can vary depending on the cause of your problem, but some examples of physiotherapy treatments we might recommend include:
- Joint mobilisations.
- Soft tissue massage.
- Taping / bracing.
- Electrotherapy, for example ultrasound.
- Biomechanical assessment / foot posture / gait analysis.
- Lifestyle changes.
- Rehabilitation with exercise, particularly strengthening exercises.
- Proprioception / balance rehabilitation.
- Sport specific rehabilitation.
How long does a physiotherapy treatment typically take?
Physiotherapy treatment sessions are 30 minutes.
How many sessions would I need?
Your overall physiotherapy programme will depend on how quickly and how well the injury responds to treatment. On average, 5-6 sessions are required. If you have had surgery such as a knee replacement or ACL reconstruction, more treatments may be required.
Will surgery for my knee be likely?
Knee problems respond well to physiotherapy without invasive surgical treatment.
Following a thorough examination, if the physiotherapist feels physiotherapy treatment is not appropriate, we will refer you to the most appropriate pathway, which could be A&E, your GP or an Orthopaedic Surgeon for a further opinion.
Is there anything I can do at home to help reduce knee pain?
Your physiotherapist will give life-style modification advice to reduce strain on the knee, for example, the use of walking aids (crutches) or using a stool when gardening rather than kneeling.
Low impact exercise such as swimming and cycling are particularly helpful for knees that are affected by arthritis. Your physiotherapist will advise you.
Simple low impact exercises can be done each day to strengthen the knee, such as straight leg raises or squatting. Your physiotherapist will give you a home exercise programme to supplement your treatment.
Get in touch
If you have an acute knee injury or have had knee pain for some time, we can arrange a consultation to determine the problem and decide on suitable physiotherapy to relieve the symptoms.
Why Choose Gatley & Heatons Physio?
We provide expert physiotherapy treatments from our clinics in Heaton Moor, Gatley and Didsbury and we regularly help patients from across Stockport and Manchester reduce their pain and return to normal activities.
We frequently work with clients in Cheadle, Bramhall, Poynton, Wilmslow, Northenden, Altrincham, Sale, West Didsbury, Withington, Burnage, Heaton Moor, Heaton Chapel, Heaton Norris, Heaton Mersey and Reddish, and we are regularly able to provide home visits for those who are not able to attend one of our clinics.
We have been established in these areas for many years and have a fantastic relationship with most of the Doctors in these areas. If needed, we will liaise with your Doctor about your condition, for example if medication is needed or a referral to another speciality.
We have an excellent reputation of providing high standards of clinical physiotherapy and a professional service through a trusted, personal and friendly approach.
We offer flexible appointment times to all patients including extended working hours and home visits.
Professional and caring treatment received with sound follow up advice. Would recommend to others without hesitation!