Don’t let knee pain put the brakes on your life!

Is knee pain slowing you down? Do you hesitate before climbing stairs? Have a limp in your gait?

Knee pain affects patients of all ages and interferes with a range of activities from everyday movement to gardening, walking and playing sport.  If left untreated knee pain tends to worsen over time, resulting in a gradual decline in activity, loss of strength and confidence, and often worsening symptoms.   This month we put the spotlight on patellofemoral pain, the most common knee problem that we see in our practice.

Patellofemoral pain is pain felt at the front of the knee, around or beneath the knee cap (patella).  Patients with this problem describe pain when:

  • negotiating stairs
  • rising from a chair
  • squatting down
  • running and jumping

In essence the problem is caused by a mismatch between the loads placed on the knee during these tasks and the capacity or ability of the knee to do these things.  In some patients there may be softening of the cartilage on the underside of the patella, and in older patients there may be some osteoarthritis of the patella.

Over time changes occur in not just the knee itself but in the muscles that operate the knee and also in the movement programs we use for walking, stairs and using our knees.  This is why patients often say they have to “think twice” before doing certain activities – they have lost the normal, automatic movement they once had.
At our practice Personal Best Physiotherapy, we have an entire treatment system to help patients with this type of knee pain.  Treatment is individualised and takes into account not just your knee but you as a ‘whole person’.

Step 1
Work out exactly what you can and cannot do with your knee (your capacity) then identify faults of the knee itself, plus any problems above (at the hip) and below (at the feet).

 Step 2
We draw on the latest research, as well as many years of experience, to develop a treatment plan that is tailored your goals and your identified problems.  Treatment is multi-dimensional and can include

  • Specific hip and knee exercises
  • taping or bracing of the knee
  • Insoles in your shoes or changing footwear, and
  • hands-on treatment for a tight or stiff knee

Our approach to treating knee pain produces great results for many patients, and we are passionate about helping people with knee pain move and feel better.  If you think you have patellofemoral pain do your knees a favour and call us on 6056 6616.  We will find a day and time that suits you to catch up with one of our experienced physiotherapists who will complete a full assessment of your knee problem and get your recovery started.