Knee Pain

Management of Knee Pain at Wembley Physiotherapy Clinic

Knee Pain, ACL Injuries, Arthritic Pain

The Knee joint is a common site of injury, it is the central pivotal joint in the lower extremity acting like a hinge. It is designed to go back and forth in a swinging pendulum like motion like when we walk. The knee joints are “asked” to do a lot more than that however, especially during sports activities. Running places extra stress throughout the lower extremity, around 4 to 5 times more load is placed through the knees each time the foot makes contact with the ground.

Common Modes of Acute Knee Injuy

Twisting While the Knee is Pivoting

These types of knee injury are seen in sports like rugby and football where the player has a bent knee but twists. Reasons why that movement occurs could be due to the studs getting caught up in the playing surface.      

Hyper Extension Injuries – Hyper Extending the Knee

These injuries are common in kicking for example trying to kick the rugby ball to touch as hard as possible but accidentally missing the ball altogether. Apart from looking a bit “daft” the result can be a hyper-extension injury where the knee bends back on itself too far. This can rupture ligaments, tendons and cause swelling.

Overuse Injuries Causing Knee Pain

Patella Pendonitis

Patella tendonitis is caused by inflammation of the patella tendon attachment to the knee cap. The patella tendon can become inflamed from poor foot biomechanics, over-pronation and flat feet being most obvious.      

Chondromalacia Patella

The underside of the “knee cap” (patella) can become aggravated by poor biomechanics and repetitive pressure from kneeling on the knees. There is cartilage on the underside of the knee cap that can wear out and become irritated if not protected and helped by interventional treatment. Your Wembley Physiotherapist will help provide assessment, diagnosis and treatment specific to your presenting knee problem.

Treatment for Knee Pain at Wembley Physiotherapy Clinic

Depending on your condition and the physiotherapists recommendations other imaging may be required in the form of plain film radiographs (X-rays). Therapeutic ultrasound, corrective orthotics, Strapping/taping and rehab exercises may also be prescribed by your physio. For help, advice and to make an appointment with a physiotherapist please call us on (08) 9383 7883