Knee Injuries

Knee pain is a common complaint for many people. There are several factors that can cause pain in the knee. Iliotibial band syndrome (ITBS) is a common injury to the knee, generally associated with running, cycling, hiking or weight-lifting. ITBS is one of the leading causes of lateral knee pain in runners. Physiotherapy treatment is most effective in reducing ITBS symptoms and other connective tissue, ligament and cartilage issues.

INJURIES

Knee and lower leg injuries occur due to either:

  • •    Direct trauma to the ligaments, connective tissues, bursae, cartilage, bones,
    joint capsules, tendons, muscles or nerves of the knee complex
  • •    Overuse of these structures due to longstanding poor alignment or adverse biomechanics or
  • •    Referred pain from either the pelvis, lower back or hips.

Common knee and lower leg injuries include ligament sprains, cartilage damage, meniscal tears, runners knee, movie-goers knee, arthritis and patella subluxations.

SOLUTION

Your corporatephysio will provide you with a swift and accurate diagnosis and design an effective treatment program.

Treatment includes:

Manual therapy Joint mobilisations, trigger point therapy, acupressure, and soft tissue release.
Exercise therapy Following injury and repair, tight structures need to be lengthened, weak tissues strengthened and balance needs to be restored. An exercise program will be designed to specifically meet your needs.
Strapping/Supports Following a sudden injury it is sometimes imperative to support, strap or immobilise the affected area. Physiotherapy strapping techniques are effective in this instance.
Posture/Ergonomics Poor posture and adverse work ergonomics can put unnecessary strain on the structures that surround and support the joints. Advice on good posture and ergonomics is important. Prevention is better than the cure.
Specialist referral Referral to a knee specialist or for further tests if necessary.