Knee pain and symptoms can stem from a variety of factors and the onset may be sudden or gradual. The intensity and nature of your symptoms can vary: from minor movement restrictions through to more significant concurrent symptoms that can affect your work and daily activities. Your knee pain or symptoms could be related to a sudden traumatic injury, or may occur gradually from poor stability, muscular imbalances, joint restrictions or nerve tension.
We can diagnose and treat a variety of issues causing knee pain, including both ‘localised’ and ‘referred’ presentations. ‘Localised’ joint pain and symptoms will have their origin within the joints themselves. This includes the knee joint (tibiofemoral joint), the patellofemoral joint (knee cap) or superior tibiofibular joint. The localised muscles, nerves, capsules and the ligaments directly attaching to the joints will affect your injury or symptoms. The knee joints are a complex series of interacting joints, muscles and nerves that must work harmoniously for normal movement and function.
‘Referred’ symptoms are often caused by issues stemming from somewhere else in the spine, pelvis or hips, or feet and ankles. Onset can be directly related to physical factors such as troublesome biomechanics, or changes in routine and physical activity. Underlying factors include reduced mobility and stability around the spine, pelvis and hips and feet, strength imbalances or nerve tension. These factors play a significant role in repetitive activities: both sporting and lifestyle, or repetitive work.
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The great thing about a team approach is our Physiotherapists have an extensive range of specific skill sets. Whatever the problem, our team is here to help. We can assist with:
- pain of any nature in or around the knee (sharp, dull, deep, aching, burning).
- running, cycling or sports injuries
- post-operative rehabilitation
- ligament injuries (including ACL, MCL, LCL, PCL)
- knee-cap dislocation or pain
- ITB syndrome and tension
- shin splints
- tendinopathy or tendon tears
- post-fracture rehabilitation
- knee bursitis or fat pad impingement
- muscular imbalances causing overuse injuries and pain
- nerve-related pain from the spine or lower limbs
- pelvic, hip and sacroiliac instability affecting the knees
- pre- and post-pregnancy presentations
- overuse injury related to repetitive work or activity
- lifestyle injuries caused by activities such as gardening, housekeeping, sewing, or looking after your kids
- reduced mobility and stiffness; osteoarthritis
- difficulty kneeling, squatting or completing stairs
- inability to complete your normal physical activities
- commencement of a new activity involving running, walking, lifting or repetitive work