Relieving Knee Pain With Physiotherapy

Knee pain
is quite a common problem that can have many underlying causes. It may be the result of arthritis, muscle overuse or excessive foot pronation.  Knee problems resulting from arthritis often prevents older people from taking sufficient exercise.  This can lead to further disabilities and health issues.

Fortunately, physiotherapy can be very effective in reducing or eliminating this most chronic knee pain. This in turn can improve overall health and quality of life.  New research findings suggest that exercise and physiotherapy may be just as effective as surgery for relief of chronic knee pain.

The remedy could be as simple as stretching and strengthening key muscles.  This, along with learning how to take care of and protect your knees could be all you need to keep them working.

Knee Pain & PostureDiagram showing various causes of Knee Pain

  • Strengthening your hip and buttock muscles

Physiotherapy can help you relieve knee pain by strengthening hip and buttock muscles.

This may seem odd but weakness in these areas can have a marked effect in improving knee function.

Such injuries include Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) tears and weakness in the main muscles of your buttock can cause the pelvis to drop. This makes the upper thigh bone fall inward causing imbalance that leads to downward stress on the ankle, knee, and hip with every movement.  Physiotherapy is helpful in correcting this type of displacement and relieving the associated knee pain.

  • Stretching knee supporting muscles

Atrophy and imbalance in buttock muscles often results from too much sitting during the day. The effect of this is the overworking of the hamstrings and hip adductors. This results in lots of force on the knee joint leading to knee pain. Through physiotherapy, you can stretch these support muscles out you reduce the chances of imbalance.

  • Toning your core

Weaknesses in the abdominal muscles can also cause the pelvis to tilt forward. This makes the low-back to curve excessively and shift the leg bones inward. This is a known cause of knee pain. So, strengthening abdominal muscles through physiotherapy will keep your back in its natural spine position. This will in turn place the knees in the best possible position for movement.

  • Keeping a healthy weight

Overweight is a predisposing factor of arthritis in both men and women. Obesity can result in a significant increase in the stress on your knees. The extra weight your knees support is a can cause  knee pain.   However, there are lots of benefits you will get from shedding the extra weight. This and physiotherapy will definitely reduce knee pain and improve your overall health.

  • Dealing with the stiletto effect

Some women have gotten so used to wearing stilettos. Although they like their looks, they are paying a high price for it. After wearing these shoes for a while you increase the force on your knee joints by 23 percent. They also encourage tight calf muscles leading to abnormal movement of the knee.  Exercise that involve walking in flat flat shoes during your physiotherapy can be of great help.

Call Core Physiotherapy for the treatment of that persistent knee pain problem today. 

Phone 02 9567 3734
Core Physiotherapy

4 / 334-338 Bay St.
Brighton Le Sands
NSW 2216

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