Treatment for knee pain in Kalgoorlie

Do you have a bad knee? A little stiff and sore particularly after exercise? Get checked out now to avoid a lengthy lay off period.

The knee is one of the most important and complex joints in the body. The central point for four major bones, fourteen ligaments and several key muscle groups, the knee can be a troublesome area for many people. Though often commonly injured in sports, knee injuries can occur in many ways; including simple wear and tear of the bone, muscle or tissue.

The knee is integral for support and movement, it is the central aspect of our locomotive and balance control. Our knees let us walk, run, jump and generally just enjoy our lives. Simply due to the large role it plays in allowing the body to function properly, the knee is susceptible to injury. From major ligament damage and worn cartilages to bone fractures, the knee can cause a severe limitation of day-to-day living if injured.

Common knee conditions include:

  • Ligament injuries (ACL, MCL, LCL, PCL)
  • Meniscal tears and injuries
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Patellofemoral syndrome
  • Runner’s knee
  • ITB syndrome
  • Patellar tendinopathy
  • Jumper’s knee
  • Osgood Schlatter’s disease
  • Patellar dislocations
  • Muscle strains or ruptures

Knee symptoms can vary however some complaints include:

  • Swelling
  • Locking or catching of the knee
  • Giving way or collapsing of the knee
  • Joint pain or tenderness
  • Limited range of motion
  • Reduced ability to use the knee (e.g. squatting, stairs, walking, running)

As the source of knee pain is highly variable it is essential you get your knee properly assessed to determine the reason for your knee pain. Though each injury will differ slightly, physio can aid in making sure that there is a correct process of healing and to work on a rehabilitation program that will allow you to execute full recovery goals in a timely manner to get you back to health as soon as possible. This also helps to minimise the risk of recurrence of knee pain or injury.

In order to get to 100% full functional capacity, there are a few essential milestones. These include:

  • No pain or swelling in the joint.
  • Full knee active and passive range of motion.
  • Full strength in the surrounding musculature (quads, hamstrings, calf, glutes)
  • Sufficient proprioception (our body’s ability to detect the position of different body parts in space) and balance.
  • Full functional return – this means getting back to normal activities of daily living, work duties and physical activity.

Rehab is always goal oriented. An elderly person with low levels of activity will have slightly different goals to a teenage athlete. Therefore, each individual will have a separate rehab milestone checklist. Either way, your physiotherapist will help you achieve all these goals.