Knee Pain: How It Feels
If you’re living with knees that are painful or aching it’s very easy to think that knee pain comes with age and wear and tear, or that with a bit of rest it will go away on its own.
Often you can’t quite put your finger on why you’re feeling pain in your knees, and it doesn’t seem to be getting any better.
You limp after a day on the golf course.
You have a niggle half way through your running club training session.
Stepping up with bags of shopping is awkward, stiff or painful.
Kneeling to weed the garden will result in painful knees.
If that’s happening to you, you’re not alone, knee pain is a common problem and those suffering with it are looking for answers;
What has caused my knee pain?
Despite resting why is my knee pain getting worse?
It has been 6 months (or more), how long do I need to put up with this before my knee starts to feel better?
Do You Worry Your Knee Pain Will Never Get Better?
Here are Optimal we have partnerships with local running clubs. Their membership often present with issues with their knees and are worried they will have to stop running completely and miss out on the physical and social activity of training sessions. This is something we would try to avoid as we know how important running is to you – to find out more about how we help regular runners click here.
The Impact Of Knee Pain
Many solutions are to avoid making knee pain worse rather than to recover completely from it.
Confusion leads people to procrastination and a misplaced acceptance that it is part of life.
IT IS NOT NORMAL TO LIVE WITH PAIN.
What We Treat
Knee stiffness, discomfort and immobility can be caused by a number of issues including osteoarthritis, an injury from a repetitive movement like running, tightness in the structures surrounding the knee from a sedentary job or lifestyle or a traumatic injury like a fall.
How We Solve The Problem
Make a decision about getting help.
So many people rest for weeks, hoping that the pain will just go away with time, but then 6 months down the line they’re still putting up with it, and nothing has changed… Or the pain and swelling is worse Do the RIGHT exercises One of the best things to help you ease your knee pain is to do the right series of progressed exercises, given to you by a Physiotherapist. They will help reduce pain, quickly move freely again and make sure that the problems don’t come back any time soon.
Avoid sitting in awkward positions.
The truth is, you and I were not designed to sit. When you sit and bend your knees, you’re putting your knees in awkward, un-natural positions. Appropriate strengthening exercises for better posture, alongside hands-on treatment will get you active and healthy as quickly as possible.
It doesn’t have to be like this.
Will I have to stop running during my rehab?
My knee is stiff and the Gp told me I have arthritis will I need a knee replacement?
No, many people can avoid major surgical intervention by having physiotherapy. It is the most effective and cost efficient treatment to help you get better and stay better.
I’ve had physiotherapy before and it didn’t work?
If you’ve had physio that just included massage and acupuncture or ultrasound it’s unlikely you will have lasting benefit. You should also have been given a treatment plan which typically takes between 6-8 sessions of a gradually increasing rehab plan. If this wasn’t the case or you only had 2-3 sessions and didn’t see any benefit then I am not surprised. Why not speak to one of our experienced team for a free session to see how we do things differently and get results.
Do I need an x-Ray?
An x-Ray of the knee is only really beneficial if you have had a fall or significant trauma. We will easily be able to diagnose your knee pain through various tests and using our experience.
Do you treat a lot of knee pain?
Yes we treat knee pain on daily basis, for people aged 40plus so we know how to help you and what works and what doesn’t.
If tried exercise before and it didn’t help?
Often this is because the wrong exercises have been performed for the injury or phase of healing. It’s also important that the load, frequency, intensity and recovery is at the right level. If your not sure please get in touch.
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