Knee Pain? What Now?

Knee Pain? What Now?

Knee Pain Physiotherapy Beaumont
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Knee Pain

Has your knee gradually become more and more painful? Or did you recently injure your knee in your most recent game?

No matter how you swing it, knee pain isn’t fun. In an ideal world, you would be able to wish away the pain and start anew. However, this is far from how the body works. In truth, there are many causes of knee pain, including injury, mechanical issues, and arthritis.

Luckily, with modern science and medicine, you have many options to address your knee pain and bounce back stronger than before. In fact, physiotherapy is one of the most sought-after and scientifically-proven treatment strategies for addressing knee pain. Keep reading to find out more! 

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Common Causes of Knee Pain

So, why does your knee hurt? Below, we explore the most common knee pain causes.
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Knee Injury
The knee joint is a complex structure with various ligaments, tendons, menisci, and bursae. As such, it’s an easy joint to injure. Some of the most common injuries include anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears, torn meniscus, kneecap fractures, patellar tendonitis, and knee bursitis.
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Mechanical Issues
Mechanical issues refer to structural deformities or problems that have occurred. For example, the cartilage at the knee joint takes on a lot of stress over a person’s lifetime. This may cause a piece of the cartilage to break off or wear down, resulting in pain. Other common mechanical issues include dislocation of the kneecap, hip or foot biomechanical issues, and iliotibial band syndrome.
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Arthritis
While there are over 100 types of arthritis, osteoarthritis is the most common type to impact the knee. Osteoarthritis is the natural degeneration of the cartilage that happens as you age. This deterioration can lead to varying degrees of pain. Additionally, other types of arthritis that can affect the knee include rheumatoid arthritis, gout, septic arthritis, and pseudogout.
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How Physiotherapy Can Help

The human body thrives with movement, and this is a key piece when it comes to physiotherapy treatment. Along with manual therapy, ultrasound, and electrical stimulation, your physiotherapist prescribes strengthening and flexibility exercises suited to you and your recovery. Typically, your physiotherapist will demonstrate how to perform these exercises and also communicate how many times per week or day you should be performing them.

Manual therapy involves hands-on treatment provided by your physiotherapist. Usually, this includes massage or joint mobilization techniques, depending on the reason for your knee pain. As you go through treatment, your physiotherapist will guide you through the entire process, explaining each technique as they go.

Your physiotherapist may also employ ultrasound and electrical stimulation devices to further reduce your pain and stimulate the body’s natural healing capabilities. An ultrasound increases blood flow to the area (many people describe it as a “warm sensation”), bringing the cells necessary to help heal and taking any byproducts or toxins away from the site of injury.

Meanwhile, electrical stimulation is used to help you engage and contract your muscles. You will often wear this device while you perform your prescribed exercises. In turn, you will strengthen weak muscles which help support the knee joint, reducing pain. 

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What to Expect During Your First Session

At your first appointment, your physiotherapist will perform an initial assessment. This assessment involves asking you questions regarding your knee pain and corresponding symptoms. From there, your physiotherapist will physically examine the area, performing various tests to properly diagnose the issue.

By the end of your first appointment, your physiotherapist will be able to determine a suitable treatment plan, unique to you and your situation. They will let you know how often they need to see you and what to expect in later appointments.

If you need to find a physiotherapist to tackle your knee pain once and for all, Impact Physio & Sport Clinic is here to help. Contact us today by filling out our form or calling us at (587) 410-4809 . Let’s get you back to the activities you know and love! 

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Whether you’re an active individual, recovering from an injury, or managing a chronic illness, we’re here to help you regain control of your life with approachable health advice and in-clinic treatments. To learn more about our clinic and the treatments we provide, don’t hesitate to contact us today at