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Knee Pain

Physiotherapists can do a lot to help a damaged knee which can manifest as a ‘sore’ knee or even by a clicking or grinding sensation.

Here are some of the ways Michael Christofis can help your knee:

Increase range of movement: A damaged or arthritic knee will often stiffen up. This can cause pain, weakness and loss of function. Increasing the movement in a stiff knee can improve all of these things.

Strengthen muscles: Only a small amount of swelling or pain in the knee will cause inhibition of the important quadriceps (thigh) muscles. If these muscles are not working properly, it can lead to ongoing problems in the knee.

Release soft tissue restrictions: The soft tissue around the knee can tighten up due to muscle imbalance, inflammation and scar tissue. Physiotherapists can identify if this has happened and release any tight tissue.

Bracing or strapping: Sometimes you will need tape or a brace to enable you to overcome a knee problem. This will enable you to remain as active as possible, within the limitations of your knee problem. A physio can advise you what will work best.

Reducing inflammation: Physiotherapists use a number of measures to reduce pain and inflammation in a damaged knee. Reducing swelling and inflammation, as quickly as possible is vital, if you want a quick resolution of your knee problem.

Activity modification: If you have a painful knee, avoid activities that place stress on the knee. Physiotherapists can advise you what to avoid. For example, if you have a problem under your knee cap you would be advised to avoid most lunging and squatting exercises.

Rehabilitation after surgery: Physiotherapy after knee surgery is vital. You should commence this as soon as you can to achieve the best outcome possible.

And if you are in the older age group and have been told you have arthritis in your knees, don’t take that to mean you just have to learn to live with it. Treatment can often improve symptoms.

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