Solving Your Knee Pain Problem Once And For All
Dave O’Sullivan | August 31, 2021
Whether it’s stopping you from playing in that Sunday league game, making a short walk to the shops an uphill battle, or stopping you running around after your kids, knee pain can be incredibly debilitating.
At the Pro Sport clinic, we see a large number of patients with knee injuries, from severe knee pain to mild knee pain. In fact, knee pain is one of the most common reasons patients visit our clinic.
But no matter if it is mild or severe pain, we know the symptoms can put a stop to you doing the physical activity you enjoy or just put a hold on your daily life.
So today, I want to shed some light on your pain, share some useful exercises and let you know how you can solve those knee problems once and for all.
Read on to find out;
What Is Causing Your Chronic Knee Pain?
There are lots of factors that can cause knee pain; torn cartilage, torn meniscus, an ACL injury, rheumatoid arthritis pain, knee osteoarthritis, patellar tendinitis, patellofemoral pain syndrome, the list could go on forever.
But don’t panic. I’m not here to cause confusion or make anything sound disastrous. My role is just to guide patients, help you take control, and solve all of those problems that accompany knee pain.
In fact, we see a lot of knee problems and often they aren’t connected with any chronic disease or serious medical emergency. For the most part, sport and physical activities can play a key role, with anything that includes running, jumping, squatting, or changing direction setting it all off.
But there is one underlying cause for knee pain we see in the clinic more than any other. That cause is overloading of the knee.
If the knee does overload then this can put you at greater risk of having knee pain if it hasn’t already flared up.
So how does it all work? Well, read on to find out more…
Why Is The Knee Overloading?
Now, this is why having a physical examination with a trained therapist is incredibly important.
It’s our job to find out the true issue behind your knee problem. If it is overloading we have to establish why, when we understand we can take action, stop overloading, and prevent knee pain from coming back.
As you can see from the image below all the muscles in the body need to work together and equally. We have glutes, hamstrings, calves & quads all working at 25%. When people are feeling knee pain, the second image is possibly what might be happening with the muscles.
As you can see the muscles at the back of the leg aren’t working as well as they should therefore the quad muscle is having to work a lot harder, which puts too much load down onto the knee, causing pain. Everybody is completely different but this is a good example of what might be happening.
In this case, we need to reduce the load from the muscle that is having to work harder than normal and get the others working a little bit harder. This can be done through hands-on treatment along with some simple exercises from your therapist.
Useful Exercises For Your Knee Pain
Below are some exercises that are commonly given to patients with knee pain, but please keep in mind not each exercise is suitable for everyone. Therefore if you experience pain whilst trying some of these exercises please stop.
- 3d quad stretch
- Split squat sagittal plane
3D Squad Stretch
Split Squat Sagittal Plane
‘Can I Get A Quick Fix For My Knee Pain?’
Now, most people want a quick fix for their injury and symptoms, which is not surprising. That knee issue can stop you from doing the activities you enjoy.
When I see patients, some have found relief from intense pain in using an ice pack, some people try knee braces or arch supports. Many get a few days or a few weeks free from knee pain but ultimately these are probably not long-term solutions.
Without a true physical therapy assessment, visit to a GP surgery, or proper diagnosis then you won’t always be able to fully get rid of the issue.
But there are a few ways our therapists at Pro Sport can give you the quick fix you need.
So How Can You Solve That Knee Pain?
Just like humans every case of anterior knee pain and every knee injury is different. But we know that’s not the answer someone with chronic knee pain wants to hear, which is why we act swiftly.
We take every patient through a physical exam and assessment, we use fast-acting hands-on treatment to address that painful knee. We get rid of the symptoms quickly and safely.
Once you are pain-free we get to work making sure your knee problems don’t return so you can get back to the activities you love doing.
Don’t Suffer With That Knee Injury
The causes of knee pain may always be different but our approach is always the same. Relieve pain and make sure it doesn’t come back.
With years of experience in both professional sport and private practice physiotherapy, our therapists are here to give expert advice and trustworthy health information to every patient who steps foot through the clinic door.
At our clinic, we understand that your health can take a back seat. We all have busy lives, but that doesn’t mean you should have to live in pain. That’s why we have flexible appointment times so we can work to your schedule.
Whatever the issue, whether it is mild or chronic knee pain, if it is stopping you from doing something then it is worth doing something about. Don’t hesitate, pick up the phone and book your appointment today.