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Knee Pain: Physiotherapy Treatment

Knee Pain – Symptoms, Causes & Treatment

Physiotherapy at Woodbridge, Vaughan has many years of clinical experience in dealing with knee pain. Knee pain is quite a common problem among adults and children. Very often it is associated with activities like walking, bending, standing, stairs or lifting. Knee pain can be age related but it is also common amongst sports that involve running, jumping, or pivoting.

Knee stats:
  • Knee pain is usually related to aging, injury or repetitive strain
  • Injured components in the knee are ligaments, cartilage, tendons or bone
  • Physiotherapy is indicated for a range of knee problems
  • If physiotherapy does not help medical intervention may be required (steroid or synvisc injections, surgery)
  • You do not need an x-ray, MRI or CT scan for physiotherapy treatment. Your physiotherapist can make a diagnosis through his or her provocative tests.
Anatomy of the knee

The anatomical position of the knee means it bears a lot of weightbearing stress through activities like running, jumping etc. The knee is formed by three bones:

  1. Tibia: otherwise known as the shin bone
  2. Femur: the thighbone
  3. Patella: knee cap

The muscles on the front of your leg are called the quadricpes (quads), and at the back of the thigh the muscles are called the hamstrings. The muscles turn into tendons at both ends which connect them to the bones. Ligaments are the small pieces of tissue (very tough) which connect the bones to each other. The ligaments will stop the bones from moving out of place. If a ligament tears it can lead to excessive movement of the bones eg. ACL tear. In the middle of the knee is the cartilage (also known as a meniscus) which acts as a shock absorber for the knee.

How Long Does Therapy Last?

Everybody’s treatment plan will be completely individualized. Therapy can last anywhere from a few days to months. It really depends on the type and severity of the injury/condition. If progress with physiotherapy is slow, and you are not responding as we would have liked then you will be referred to your family doctor for a second opinion on medical diagnostics (MRI, ultrasound, x-ray) or Orthopedic consultation.

Finally, I would say do not try to self diagnose your knee pain – leave it to the professionals. Call Derek Mernagh at Physiotherapy At Woodbridge for a free 10min phone consultation. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have and advise you on the best course of treatment.

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