Your knee may be swollen, tender and be restricted in movement as well as causing pain.
Your knee has several structures liable to injury or signs of wear and tear
- Bones of the leg and the knee cap or patella
- Tendons linked to muscles and the patella
- Various ligaments that hold the bones around the knee together
- Cartilage which is a soft, cushiony tissue covering these bones
- The meniscus which is cartilaginous pad between the thigh and shin bones
If your knee aches and feels stiff in the morning or after rest then it is likely that arthritis is involved. The knee is prone to arthritis and it can complicate recovery from physical injury.
Knee injury is common in people taking part in running sports including football.
What to Expect
We will listen to your medical history and use our hands to examine your knee to diagnose the cause of the pain.
Injuries to the ligaments, tendons or cartilage will involve soft tissue manipulation and gentle stretching. We may use techniques to realign your knee cap and leg bones. You should find that your range of pain free knee movement is restored. Prolonged lack of knee movement may cause muscles to weaken putting further strain on ligaments.
If you are overweight we will talk about losing weight to relieve some of the pressure on the knee. We will discuss rehabilitation exercises to maintain movement and give your knee the chance to heal.