Knee Pain Treatment

All frequently asked questions for Knee Pain Treatment

Physiotherapy treatment will vary widely between patients based on the following factors:

  • The diagnosis
  • Stage of injury (acute or chronic)
  • Fitness level of the patient
  • Patients lifestyle factors and goals of treatment
  • Severity of the injury or the underlying disease

Treatment will likely involve some combination of patient education, manual therapy, modalities if needed and ergonomic advice all expertly designed by the physiotherapist to address the patient’s specific diagnosis and achieve their functional goal

  1. Difficulty weight bearing or walking due to instability of the knee
  2. Limping due to discomfort
  3. Difficulty walking up or down steps due to ligament damage
  4. Locking of the knee (unable to bend the knee)
  5. Redness and swelling

There are a varied number of causes for knee pain. The most common ones are:

  • Acute injury: such as a broken bone, torn ligament, or meniscal tear
  • Medical conditions: rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, infections
  • Chronic use or overuse conditions: osteoarthritis, chondromalacia, IT band syndrome, patellar syndromes, tendinitis, and bursitis

The location of the knee pain can vary depending on which structure is involved. With infection or an inflammatory process, the whole knee might be swollen and painful, while a torn meniscus or fracture of a bone gives symptoms only in one specific location. A Baker cyst will usually cause pain in the back of the knee.

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