3 Most Important Things To Do When You Have Knee Pain
Knee pain is one of the most common things we see in the clinic. It’s a condition that whilst common can be treated very effectively.
Some of the more common complaints with knee pain are: pain when running, or even pain from playing sport, ligament & cartilage injuries, knee replacements, to the more common arthritis of the knee.
Arthritis in the knee is not to be feared!
Osteoarthritis(OA) in fact is a general wear and tear of the joints and can be helped significantly by doing the right things.
Similarly, runners complaining of knee pain when running need to understand what is actually causing the pain and it can then be corrected.
We had Mark visit us recently. Mark had been suffering with knee pain when running. It actually stopped him from running and he was becoming frustrated as he enjoyed running. After a full assessment and an understanding of where exactly his knee pain was coming from we initiated the correct physiotherapy treatment for him, and he is now back out running.
We love hearing about people who have overcome their knee pain and are back out doing the things that they love doing. Whether that is out running, walking the dog or even getting out to the shops to do the weekly shopping. There’s nothing that makes us happier than when our patients are happy.
Imagine the life where your knee pain has taken over. A life where you:-
Unable to get to and walk around the shops as your knees hurt too much
- unable to go for a run
- unable to do housework as you can’t manage stairs well
- unable to get up from or down to the floor to play with your children or grandchildren
- unable to take the children to the park as the walk makes the knee pain unbearable
Life doesn’t have to be this way. You don’t have to be in a position to accept it. As I always say, ‘doing something is better than nothing’! You should never give up as there is always something that you can do to help.
Below I offer you my most valuable pieces of advice for anyone who suffers with knee pain.
Getting to see a hands-on specialist Physio means you’re going to get very fast access to care that will soothe and relax tight aching muscles, loosen stiff, stuck and painful joints, and help you strengthen your body so that you can go back to doing the things that you love. You can often leave a good Physio with concerns eased and physical pain reduced, inside 30-40 minutes. and you will see a dramatic change in pain and stiffness that you may be experiencing.
A specialist physiotherapist will assess and diagnose the problem. They help you get to the route and main cause of the problem and then formulate a plan for you to help you get back to doing the things you love doing.
It is so important that you do some form of exercise to help the knees. Cardio exercises strengthen the muscles that support your knee and increase flexibility. Weight training and stretching do, too. For cardio, some good choices include walking, swimming, water aerobics, stationary cycling, and elliptical machines. Pilates may also help ease stiffness and improve balance. Please always consult a healthcare professional for the correct advice with regards to exercise so you are doing something that shouldn’t irritate pain.
Keep doing what you enjoy doing
One of my favourite things for people. I don’t like stopping anyone from doing things they love doing. If it is not irritating the problem then generally I am happy for people to continue living their lives to the fullest. Obviously, if an activity irritates a problem, it is time to modify the activity, so let’s do that instead of ceasing the activity altogether.
So there you have it. My top 3 pieces of advice for knee pain.
If you have any further questions, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
, or call the clinic to speak to one of our specialist physiotherapists. 028 92666959
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