At ThreeSpires Physiotherapy we understand the problems that knee pain can cause. We are based in Lichfield and offer a home visit physiotherapy service in areas such as Sutton Coldfield, Tamworth, Rugeley, Cannock and Walsall. Knee pain is a common problem for many people and can be debilitating. Good function of the knee is essential for day to day life, mobility and work. It commonly affects people who need to bend down often such as carpet fitters, labourers, builders, electricians and plumbers.
How can ThreeSpires Physiotherapy help me with my knee?
A physio will come to your home at a time and day of your choosing – avoiding the need to take time off work, attempt to finish early or struggle out of the house if your pain is extremely severe.
A full subjective assessment (discussion with your physio) will be conducted of your lifestyle, past medical history, symptoms, aggravating factors, nature of the condition and any predisposing factors in order to gain a full picture of your knee pain and the likely causes.
A comprehensive physical examination of your posture, gait, strength, range of movement at the knee, hips, feet and bio-mechanics will then take place. This will enable us to identify and diagnose the underlying cause of your knee problem and develop an effective treatment plan to alleviate your pain and assist you in returning to full fitness and mobility.
Treatment options during the session may include, joint mobilisation, deep tissue massage, stretching, trigger point release, myofascial release techniques, soft tissue release, proprioceptive neuro-muscular facilitation. The appropriate combination of treatment options will be chosen by your therapist and tailored to provide maximum relief for your knee pain.
Self management is a key part of recovering from any knee injury and your physio will provide you with an individualised rehabilitation program that is tailored to meet your requirements and goals. Elements included in this program will be: a graded strengthening and exercise program, stretching exercises and postural management strategies to avoid a reoccurrence of your knee problem.
What causes knee pain?
Some common knee problems are listed below:
Cruciate Ligament Strains/Tears – there are 2 key ligaments inside the middle of the knee joint – the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and the posterior cruciate ligament (PCL). The ACL is much more commonly injured than the PCL and usually arises from sporting injuries.
Collateral Ligament Injuries – there are two collateral (on the side) ligaments of the knee – the medial collateral ligament (MCL) and the lateral collateral ligament (LCL). Both tend to arise from impacts to either side of the knee in sports such as football but the MCL is much more commonly injured. A MCL tear will often damage the medial mensicus at the same time. Pain will mostly be felt at the side of the knee and may initally be sharp.
Meniscal Injuries – the menisci (plural as there are two – the medial and lateral) are wonders of anatomical design. They allow the femur to lock neatly into place on top of the tibia and provide amazing shock absorption throughout a range of high impact activities. Unfortunately as they work so hard they can often get injured and torn. This can sometimes be felt as a clicking or locking feeling in the knee accompanied by pain.
Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome – also known as runner’s knee and anterior knee pain. It typically presents as pain at the front of the knee that is aggravated by activities that involve bending and flexing the knee such as stair climbing, running, walking and squatting down. There are many potential causes including patellar tendonitis (inflammation of the patellar tendon), overly tight iliotibial band, flat feet, weak hips and glutes, weak quads and softening of the cartilage underneath the patella (chondromalacia patellae).
Knee Surgery – major knee surgery such as a knee replacement will take a long time to recover from. Typically the muscles around the knee and hip become weaker and range of movement decreases and takes a long time to recover. Pain can often be severe and debilitating. People who have had keen surgery will benefit from physiotherapy to improve strength, range of movement and function.
So if you have knee pain, want to speed up your recovery and would like home visit physiotherapy, then get in touch to arrange an appointment. We provide physiotherapy at home in Lichfield, Tamworth, Rugeley, Sutton Coldfield, Walsall and Cannock.