How to achieve instant and long-term knee pain relief?
There are different ways to achieve knee pain relief depending on the type of injury. At Allied Aged Care we focus on the importance of physiotherapy and exercises for knee pain relief.
Read our article for first aid information and to find out more about exercises for knee pain and how your sore knee can benefit from physiotherapy.
Knee pain is common in people of all age groups and is often a result of wear and tear related to ageing, an injury, or repeated stress on the knee. In younger people, especially young athletes, the most common causes of knee pain are injuries and repeated stress on the knee. In older adults, knee pain is often caused by the wearing-away of knee cartilage, also called degenerative arthritis or osteoarthritis, which is related to ageing and repeated stress on the knee. This can occur particularly in those who are overweight or obese.
Common injuries that result in knee pain in younger people include:
- Ligament injuries
- Meniscal injuries
- Post-traumatic arthritis
- Muscle strain
- Injury to tendons
- Inflammation of fluid-filled sac that cushions your knee, called bursa
- Dislocated kneecap
Other causes of knee pain include:
- Connective tissue disorder – for example, rheumatoid arthritis
- Metabolic disorder – examples are gout and pseudogout
- Infection – for example cellulitis
- Referred pain from the lower back and hip.
If your knee pain is a result of a new injury, your knee appears swollen and you are in a lot of pain, apply ice for 10 minutes and elevate your leg using pillows. If your leg feels like it is giving way, use a compression bandage to support your knee. See your GP right away!
If your knee pain is ongoing but seems to gradually worsen, apply a hot pack for 10 minutes. If it feels like your knee is giving way, wear a joint support and see your GP as soon as possible.
- Check if your knee looks deformed or if it looks different to your other knee when comparing them.
- You heard a ‘pop’ or ‘snap’ at the time of injury.
- Obvious swelling
- Greater than normal movement, e.g. your knee twists more than usual
- Less than usual movement, e.g. you cannot straighten your knee
- You are unable to bear weight on your knee or are unable to walk
- Your knee ‘gives way’ or ‘buckles’.
Physiotherapists help patients with exercises for knee pain related to:
- Post-surgery rehabilitation
- Degenerative arthritis on an outpatient basis
- Acute injuries requiring conservative management
Our therapists can assess the following:
- Functional abnormality and compensatory movements
- Any postural mal-alignment or altered movement patterns
- Limb length discrepancy
- Any intrinsic imbalances in the foot
- Identification of referred pain from the lower back and hip
Our therapists will individualise your treatment to suit your presentation. Knee pain treatment can include:
- Education on your condition
- Exercises for knee pain
- Stretching programs
- Proprioceptive training
- Gait re-education
- Orthotics (if recommended)
- Joint mobilisation techniques
If you have any questions or would like to try physiotherapy to help with knee pain relief, please contact us and a member of our friendly team will help you with your enquiry.