Knee Pain

Whether you play sport socially or professionally, a knee injury can put you out of action. At Brickyard Physiotherapy we can provide you with expert advice and treatment to speed up healing and get you back into the game. Knee injuries are common amongst the general population, ranging from the elite to the everyday athlete and from the young to the elderly. Pain may be caused by local structures within or around the knee, or, may be referred from other sources (such as the lower back or hip joint).

Below is a short list of some of the most common injuries that we treat in our Nanaimo
physiotherapy clinic:

Ligament sprains

Ligaments are bands of strong connective tissue that stabilize the knee joint. Overstretching of these bands can caused ligament fibers to tear and bleed into the surrounding tissues, causing pain, swelling and instability.

Meniscus (cartilage) tears

The meniscus is a specialized type of cartilage tissue, which stabilizes and protects the knee joint. These crescent shape cartilages lie between the thigh bone (femur) and the shinbone (tibia), helping provide shock absorption in the joint. Downward pressure from twisting and turning during weight bearing exercise may tear the meniscus causing pain, swelling and locking of the knee.

Tendon strains

These injuries are often caused by heavy lifting, prolonged bending or sporting injuries. The joints in the lower back can be overstretched, and the muscles surrounding the spine can become tight and spasm to help protect your back.

Patellofemoral syndrome

Excessive stress to the surface of the patellofemoral (kneecap) joint results in knee pain. This is typically caused by biomechanical issues or muscle imbalance, resulting in misalignment of the kneecap. Over time this causes irritation to the surrounding soft tissue. If left untreated symptoms often gradually become worse over time and may limit your ability to participate in sport or activity.

Your physiotherapist will perform a full assessment to diagnose the cause of your knee pain, and from there will determine the appropriate course of treatment for your injury.

Brickyard Physiotherapy’s clinicians are experienced in the management, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of patients suffering knee pain. No matter what your level of activity or how you acquired your knee pain, at Brickyard Physiotherapy you can be confident that you will have professional and personalised care to help you safely return to training, play or just general life at your best.

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