Fighting Back Against Knee Pain

Knee pain doesn’t just discriminate against retirees; it is known hinder people of all ages.

Over 30,000 Aussies undergo knee replacement surgery, with many more experiencing pain and discomfort in the area.

With those numbers in mind, there are good odds you’ll run into knee problems at some point of your life, especially if you are active or involved in sport in anyway.

So what can you do if you start suffering from knee pain? Our Keilor East Physiotherapist explains…

Distinguishing the types of knee pain

With the amount of work your knee does everyday, it’s not surprising that it’s one of the strongest joints in your body.

However your knees are not bullet proof and knee pain can develop slowly over time or can happen suddenly as the result of an injury.

Although Knee pain can come from many sources, symptoms are easy to spot:

  • Pain when you walk up stairs
  • Swelling in the knee area
  • Instability and balance problems
  • Difficulty bending/straightening the knee

Knee problems can also be exacerbated by factors such as past injuries, age and even certain sports that you may undertake.

What causes knee pain?

Your knee joint is much like hearing the story of a friends break up, it’s complicated. The knee is made up of bone, protective cartilage, muscle and ligaments, all of which work together to ensure smooth and painless movement.

Because there are a lot of different parts working in unison, there are many points of failure.

Is knee pain the result of injury?

For many people, their knee pain is the result of injury, damage that may have occurred to the knee over a sustained or short time period.

Sports and activities such as jogging/ running, football, basketball and even manual labour jobs are hard on your knees, thus increasing your risk of knee pain.

All of these can cause injuries such as fractures and breaks, knee bursitis ligament damage (think ACL injuries), meniscus tears and even runner’s knee.

The knee puts up with a lot during everyday use, so don’t think that these problems are limited to professional athletes and tradies!

If you spend a lot of time carrying heavy loads or even just walking up flights of stairs without good biomechanics; you might be accelerating the breakdown of joint cartilage and increasing your risk of knee injury!
 

Treating knee pain

There are many things you can do to treat knee pain, let’s delve in!

Strength training

One of the leading causes of knee injury is a lack of muscle strength and healthy tone. Strong leg muscles act as shock absorbers, reducing the pressure on your knees and protecting it from damage.

Unfortunately, not all of us are that active. It’s estimated that over 60% of Aussies don’t get enough exercise; no wonder knee pain is so common.

A good physiotherapist helps prevent knee pain by building up strength in your knee joint.

Looking at your level of activity and overall knee health, our physios prescribe a routine of knee exercises that strengthen your knee. This drastically reduces your risk of knee injury in the future. Those suffering from chronic knee pain, can greatly reduce pain with these simple routines.

How we work 

As part of the treatment process, your Keilor East Physiotherapist might provide supports and tools to speed up your recovery.

Each treatment is done on a case-by-case basis – only after a thorough assessment can a suitable solution be found.

So if your knees aren’t quite like they used to be. Get in touch with us today!