The knee is one of the most vulnerable joints in the body; as a result knee injuries are very common. Knee pain can arise from a sudden injury or can progressively build up over a long time. Either way the key to successful treatment lies in accurate diagnosis and treatment based on the best available evidence.
If you have recently had a knee injury, please go to Recent Injury Management and follow the instructions. If your knee is swollen you should arrange an appointment to be assessed. It is important to establish exactly what is wrong with your knee in order to treat it correctly in the early stages. If your knee is locking (where you can’t move it) or giving way (buckling underneath you) you will need to be assessed and may need an orthopaedic referral which we can arrange for you.
Sudden knee pain, usually the result of a specific incident, can be due to;
- Sprain/strain or tear of ligament (Collateral or Cruciate)
- Tendon injury
- Cartilage injury/ Meniscus tear
- Subluxation/dislocation of kneecap
If your knee has started hurting for no reason it may be that local structures around your knee are weak or stiff causing an imbalance in the muscles resulting in discomfort. It is very common for remote areas to cause knee pain, for example dropped arches at the foot or weakness in your buttock muscles can create biomechanical problems that can lead to pain at the knee. These types of problems can be picked up on assessment and are often very easy to fix.
Other knee problems we see in the clinic include;
- Chondromalacia Patella
- Plica syndrome
- Bakers Cyst
- Patella tendonosis/tendinitis/tendonopathy
- Anterior knee pain
- ITB syndrome