The knee joint is placed under large stress in our daily lives. Think about how many times during the day you use your knees to stand up, walk, squat, kneel, climb stairs, run, jump, and twist. Knee joint forces increase to over 250% of your body weight with simply walking or standing up with running increasing forces to over 550% of body weight and jumping 1000%. It’s no wonder that the knee joint is one of the most common sites of injury in the body.
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There are many causes of knee pain. Some causes are acute and traumatic such as sports or work-related injuries. Others gradually build up over time such as knee osteoarthritis, stress fractures and tendinopathies. Irrespective of the cause, our Physiotherapy team are highly skilled in the management of all types of knee pain.
Some of the most common conditions that we see include cartilage injuries, ligament injuries, arthritis, patellofemoral (knee cap) pain, tendinopathies, Osgood Schlatter’s disease, bursitis, Baker’s Cyst and iliotibial band (ITB) syndrome.
Knee Osteoarthritis (OA)
Knee Osteoarthritis is one of the most common chronic musculoskeletal conditions seen by our Physiotherapists and affects a large number of Australians. OA is a condition in which the cartilage thins, develops cracks and can eventually wear away.
Physiotherapy can help people with Knee OA in many ways. Some physiotherapy management options are common to all people with knee OA, though many are specific to an individual’s type of knee OA, their contributing factors and their lifestyle. We can help with education, providing an exercise program, knee bracing, and manual therapy. Should your knee OA require surgery, we can assist with prehabilitation before, and rehabilitation after your surgery.
Our Physiotherapists perform comprehensive assessments of your knee injury to provide an accurate diagnosis and to identify the causative factors contributing to your symptoms. Early treatment, specific rehabilitation, and addressing the underlying causes of your injury are crucial in getting you pain-free and back to normal activity quicker, and in preventing injury recurrence.