Knee & Patello Femoral Pain
This is a very easy joint to examine and palpate in detail, even minor swelling in the joint is very easy to detect.
The causes of knee pain are vast and thanks to the internet you can look at the subject in detail.
At the Physiotherapy Clinic, we have the experience and the skill to assess and diagnose what your problem might be.
Sheering movements or contact injuries often involve the ligaments or cartilages in the knee. If you have joint swelling, particularly if it comes up very quickly then seek advice. Limit your activities and initiate a RICE regime. It is important to regain fitness after injury, rest helps but continued limitation of movement will lead to weakness and stiffness
If you are experiencing pain in the front of the knee then apart from direct trauma, the cause of these symptoms can often be accounted for due to a muscle imbalance and sometimes arthritis. Tightness in the calf and thigh muscles and weakness in the muscle that controls the knee cap’s ( patella’s) position in it’s groove on the thigh bone (femur) will put repeated stress on the knee. Abnormal loading leads to a breakdown and pain.
Exercises need to be specific to represent the type of activity that the knee will be subjected to. Static inner range quads are only useful in activating a contraction or overcoming a lag. This is often a problem that responds very well to taping, aimed at stimulating muscle activity and take the stress of the injured joint.
If its an arthritic joint causing problems then so much can be done to settle the pain down without needing radical solutions. In the first instance reduce stress – stop or limit activities that excessively aggravate symptoms, as cartilage is weaker to compression stresses. Ask for help from us. Research supports the use of electroacupuncture and exercise especially in a hydrotherapy environment, so find out what you can do.