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 Injury
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. 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 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.
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
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
Knee braces, knee supports and tapes are essential in many post-knee management programs requiring physiotherapy. At Wembley Physiotherapy clinic we go above and beyond by not only providing first class physiotherapy, but also by offering our patients and the wider community access to helpful products and advice about ways to manage knee pain.
Knee braces can be effective in limiting motion and taking some of the weight and load off the damaged structure. This is important for people waiting to have surgery allowing them to ambulate / walk or move around with less pain. Knee braces are also useful in helping to protect the structures in and around the knee from damage while undergoing physio rehab exercises to strengthen the knee.
There are a wide range or knee supports, braces and straps that are available and they can also be ordered in when necessary.
So Please call and ask for help and advice at Wembley Physiotherapy Clinic, (08) 9383 7883