Conditions: Knee Pain & Injuries
Why is my knee sore?
Knee pain can come from a variety of causes and different pathologies, from runner’s overuse injuries to traumatic sporting injuries to arthritic knee pain, all of which your Apex Physiotherapist is skilled in the assessment, diagnosis and management of.
With thorough questioning and a detailed assessment, most conditions can be diagnosed without the need for expensive imaging.
Some of the more common conditions we see include:
Osteoarthritis: osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition affecting the smooth cartilage which lines the bones forming the knee joint. Current research shows the best form of management for knee osteoarthritis is….. exercise! Increasing the strength of the muscles around the knee and reducing body weight are key components to help reduce pain and improve function.
Your Apex Physiotherapist can provide a program of graduated exercises based on your specific goals and needs. Strength changes can take up to 12 weeks, so consistency is key! Surgeons are now often turning patients away from joint replacement surgeries until they have trialled a supervised exercise program first- and many patients never end up going back for the surgery!
Patellofemoral joint syndrome (runner’s knee)- one of the most common knee injuries we see is patellofemoral pain, which is often reported as pain behind the kneecap with activities such as squatting, descending stairs or walking after a prolonged period of sitting.
It is caused by maltracking of the kneecap (patella), often contributed by reduced strength and increased tightness of muscles around the hip, knee and foot resulting in altered lower limb alignment.
Our Physiotherapists excel at diagnosing, treating and rehabilitating these injuries to get you back on track as soon as possible.