Knee pain is one of the most common injuries out there –whether a weekend warrior or elite athlete, looking after your knees is central to your training and playing success.
Although the knee is the largest joint in the body and often regarded as the most complex, the vast majority of knee pain can be managed effectively with physiotherapy alone.
The key is balance!
Not just balance of the knee but balance of the whole lower limb. If this is not the case, the knee quite literally gets ‘caught in the middle’, becomes overloaded and pain strikes.
Ankle dysfunctions and hip issues put more force on the knee increasing the chances of a knee injury, even though the actual root cause is elsewhere.
As such, to truly address knee pain and prevent injuries, the whole lower limb plays an important part - in fact some studies have shown that by just treating the hip, knee pain can disappear!
Thankfully, we do not need to choose just one area to treat. A full assessment of the lower limb and central stability, alongside more specific tests of the knee, will guide us to getting someone pain free as quickly as possible – and keeping them that way.
So, if you have knee pain, expect to have more than just your knee assessed – and if that’s not the case, then they are only seeing a third of the picture.
If you, or anyone you know, is suffering from knee pain then Piece by Piece Physiotherapy can help – get in touch today!