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Physio treatment for Knee

Physio treatment for knee problems

Physio treatment for knee problems


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Knee Injuries

Knee injuries usually result from a trauma, or direct blow i.e. tackle in football. However knee pain can come on for no apparent reason and is usually as a result of an underlying biomechanical problem such as an old ankle sprain, or a hip injury.

Ligaments (which help to support the knee) can be sprained, and the cartilages (menisci) can also be damaged.

The knee cap (patellar) can also be a problem causing extreme pain around the front of the knee.

Osteoarthritis of the knee occurs with poor biomechanics over a long period of time.

Symptoms of knee problems

• Heat and swelling usually following a trauma.
• Pain and inability to weight bear
• Catching, locking and giving way may indicate a cartilage tear or patellar problem.
• Swelling at the back of the knee (Bakers cyst) as a result of wear and tear.
• Instability usually when cruciate and collateral ligament damage is suspected.
• Unable to straighten the knee may indicate cartilage damage or a loose body.
• Muscle spasm may occur to protect the damaged knee at the time of injury.

Treatment for knee problems

• Rest – Ice – Compression – Elevation (RICE) – for all acute knee injuries
• In the case of severe injury and inability to weigh bear casualty for X-rays to discount the possibility of a fracture.
• Full physiotherapy assessment to determine the nature of the injury and wether consultant referral is necessary in the case of ligament rupture, cartilage damage or loose body.
• Physiotherapy to remove swelling, mobilise soft tissues, strengthen muscles and restore joint proprioception.
• Muscle spasm may occur to protect the damaged knee at the time of injury.
• It may be necessary to immobilise the damaged joints to aid recovery. This will normally be determined by the hospital.