Where is my knee pain coming from?

Knees are an interesting joint! There can be specific injuries at the knee or there can be issues at the foot, ankle, or hip impacting the knee causing pain. Sounds frustrating not knowing the answer? We hear you!

Our Physiotherapists and Osteopaths are trained at diagnosing knee injuries by assessing both the knee and the areas above and below. And if we think it is coming from the foot and ankle we may need to get our Podiatrists in the room (the authority on foot and ankle conditions!) to help us formulate the best treatment plan for you.

Physiotherapy | Beyond

So what can cause knee pain?

Arthritis can impact the knee both degenerative (osteoarthritis) and inflammatory (rheumatoid arthritis)

Tears can occur in the meniscus and ligaments surrounding the knee, often due to acute sporting injuries, but equally can occur due to just wear and tear of the knee.

The hamstrings tendons insert around the back of the knee and when inflamed can refer pain into the front of the knee joint

Biomechanical wear and tear from dysfunction at the foot and ankle. Poor stability and strength in the foot and ankle can lead to impact at the knee joint causing pain due to wear and tear

Poor mechanics and strength and the hip and pelvis can put pressure on the knee joint leading to pain.

There are many different conditions that can impact the knee cap (patella) these can be congenital or due to acute trauma.

Sometimes tightness in the ITB (iliotibial band) can cause sharp pain in the front of the knee.

What can you do for your knee pain?

The most important thing is to understand why you have knee pain. Seeking a practitioner such as an Osteopath or Physiotherapist to help diagnose and create a management plan to get you back to what you love doing is a great start.

If you have acute pain you may need to apply ice, compression, and elevation to the joint and seek something to help with weight-bearing through the leg such as crutches. It may also be appropriate to chat with your pharmacist about pain relief in the short term.

What to expect from treatment

When you see a Physio or Osteo for knee pain they will assess and diagnose your knee pain by getting you to do specific movements and taking a history. Once a diagnosis is made you will have treatment on the knee that may include:

Hands-on manual therapy (massage, dry needling, mobilisation), this maybe to the knee itself or other areas identified as contributing to your knee pain
Taping of the knee to help with stability
Exercise prescription to help start with your rehabilitation (strengthening, stretching, and mobility exercises)
Foot and ankle assessment by a podiatrist
You may be referred for imaging such as an MRI or XRay.

If you have knee pain why not work with one of our trained Physios or Osteopaths to help you work out why you have pain and get you back to what you love doing.

Instantly Book Online with Beyond Below:

Need help with making an appointment?

The Client Experience Team at Beyond is here to assist. If you are having trouble booking online or would prefer a different method, please reach out to us on any of the contact methods below: