Knee pain or knee injuries are extremely common. Pain may be caused by local structures within or around the knee, or, may be referred from other sources (such as the lower back or hip joint). It is important to make an accurate diagnosis as to the cause of knee pain or knee injury so that appropriate treatment can be directed.
Sudden onset of knee pain often occurs in fast moving change-of-direction sports, contact sports and those sports which involve twisting movements or rapid acceleration and deceleration. These acute knee injuries often involve tearing of cartilage (meniscus) tissue or ligaments within the region. Gradual onset knee pain often occurs in those who are involved in high running loads, repetitive movements or from degenerative changes.
Due to the many causes of knee pain a thorough assessment is vital to ensure an accurate diagnosis. Physiotherapy treatment can involve knee mobilisation techniques, soft tissue release, dry needling, taping, stretches or strengthening exercises all the way through to a thorough rehabilitation protocol post knee reconstruction or knee replacement. With a thorough knee and lower limb assessment and appropriate treatment plan you can progress quickly and be back performing your normal sport or daily activities in the shortest time possible.
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If you have been experiencing knee pain and would like to have it assessed please contact reception for an appointment on 9518 0722.
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