2017-08-02 06:01
Anatomy of the knee.

Anatomy of the knee.

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Is your sore knee stopping you?

Knee pain is one of the most common complaints by people around all ages. Nowadays, people are becoming increasingly conscious about their health and fitness levels; engaging in running, dabbling in yoga or taking up gym memberships. As a result, the number of knee complaints doctors and physiotherapists see is increasing.

The main function of the knee joint is to bend and straighten, and bear the weight of the entire body along with the hips and ankles. The human knee joint is a hinge joint; that is made up of the thigh and shin bones; along with the kneecap which sits in the front of the knee. The knee is supported by ligaments and shock absorbers which allow for walking, jumping and running.

Pain in the knee can be caused by repetitive trauma and strain or by injury, to any one of the structures mentioned above. Occasionally it occurs for no apparent reason. When knee pain occurs, you may experience functional limitations that include difficulty walking, rising from a sitting position, or climbing stairs.

Knee pain can present in a variety of ways, due to a variety of causes. It can occur due to something acute, such as a fall while playing sport; or it can be due to a disease process that has been going on for a long time such as arthritis. The location of the pain in the knee is also important in determining the source of the pain; and can be associated with other symptoms such asswelling, or a feeling of instability in the joint.

What to Expect From Physical Therapy for Knee Pain

When you see a physiotherapist for knee pain, the initial visit is important to ensure correct diagnosis and proper management. During this visit, the physiotherapist will interview you to gather information about the history of your problem, about the aggravating and relieving factors, and about any past medical history that may contribute to the overall problem.

Then the therapist will examine your knee, for which you will have to expose your lower body in a private room. The physiotherapist will examine the structures of your knee, test your muscle strength and examine the way you walk to determine the source of your knee pain.

Once a diagnosis is made from the information gathered in the exam, the physiotherapist will use a variety of treatments to provide pain relief and aim for full mobility of your knee.

It is important for you to engage in the treatment program and adhere to the physiotherapist’s advice to achieve the best results as quickly as possible.

For more information, contact SOHAYBAH BUX PHYSIOTHERAPY today!




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