Knee pain, stiffness and weakness are amongst the most common problems seen by Gosforth Physio and Wellness physiotherapists – and it is vital to have an expert assessment to understand the exact nature and reason for your pain, stiffness or weakness.
The symptoms may cause debilitating pain and stiffness that lead to time off work; they can also prevent or severely limit your ability to perform sports, engage in hobbies and enjoy life.
Whatever the source of your symptoms, an inability to fully move your knee or a sore and painful knee can be very frustrating. The good news? It’s simple to fix in the majority of cases.
Knee pain can arise from soft tissue injuries such as tendonitis, ligament sprains and muscle strains; from bone conditions including osteoarthritis and Osgood Schlatters; and from bio-mechanical dysfunction including Patellofemoral syndrome and ITB syndrome.
Treatment can involve simple knee mobilisation techniques, massage, taping, stretches or strengthening exercises all the way through to a thorough rehabilitation.
The ITB is a long, thin band of fascia that runs down the outside of your thigh and attaches to a bony protuberance (femoral condyle) on the outside of the knee. It slides forwards and backwards across this bony point with movement, and the repetitive sliding can create excess friction.
There are numerous factors that may lead to the ITB becoming irritated and inflamed including:
• Worn out or unsuitable running shoes
• Sudden increase in mileage for training
• Weak hip / buttock muscles
• Weak hip rotators
• Weak inner quadriceps
• Poor bio-mechanics
• Excessive hill training
• Endurance running
Sudden onset knee pain often occurs in athletes involved in fast moving change-of-direction sports, kicking sports, contact sports and those sports which involve twisting movements or rapid acceleration and deceleration (such as football, soccer, basketball, netball and alpine skiing). These acute injuries often involve tearing of cartilage tissue or ligaments within the region. One of the most common causes of sudden onset pain in the knee is a Medial Meniscal Tear often presenting as pain at the inner aspect of the knee.
Associated with pain on firmly touching the MCL and often swelling. Occasionally associated with knee instability or giving way of the knee.
Our physiotherapists at Gosforth Physio and Wellness are highly skilled experts in diagnosis, treatment, education and prevention of mechanical knee pain. Early diagnosis and treatment is essential to aid speedy recovery from knee pain and help prevent its recurrence.
The majority of knee dysfunctions can be normalised after a quality assessment and injury-specific treatment and exercises.
At Gosforth Physiotherapy and Wellness we are specialists in assessment, diagnosis, treatment and education of pain and dysfunction from neuro- musculoskeletal knee conditions.
Knee treatment varies considerably due to the numerous conditions and their accurate diagnosis. Once a detailed assessment is completed and we have established your diagnosis all appropriate treatment options will be discussed with you.
You can be sure that you’re placing your health in the right hands!
For all knee conditions you will be taught specific strengthening, stretching and Pilates exercises to perform at home to enhance and speed up your recovery, allowing you to effectively self manage your problem.
It is very rare that an MRI scan or X Ray is required. However, if your Physiotherapist or you feel that further investigation is necessary we can arrange private scans quickly. Referrals can be arranged in 2-5 days at The Newcastle Clinic and at North Tyneside MRI Centre.