If you suffer or have ever suffered from painful knee pain, it can be very debilitating and can affect people of different ages and fitness levels.  Below are three common causes of knee pain, all of which are treatable at WPPC:

Chondromalacia Patella is often the umbrella term given to any pain around the front of the knee cap (patella).  Anterior knee pain is often caused by the knee cap not ‘tracking’ properly in the groove of the thigh bone (femur) when the knee is bent.  Often this can occur in adolescence, when the underside of the knee cap can be affected (Chondromalacia Patella), but patella mal-tracking can also be caused by postural and sporting factors which make some muscles too tight and other muscles too lazy!

Ligament Injuries are often the result of a sporting injury or other trauma.  The ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) and the MCL (Medial Collateral Ligament) are two ligaments that are commonly sprained.  In the unfortunate case or a complete rupture, we can refer you to an Orthopaedic Consultant who can surgically mend the ligament before sending you back to us for rehabilitation back to your sport.

OsteoArthritis of the knee can be a nagging problem for many.  If a knee X-ray shows that arthritis is present, there is a lot that we can do to help.  Physiotherapy manual treatment, advice, exercises and even acupuncture can make a huge difference to the level of pain and movement.

There are many other causes of pain in knees such as tendinitis, bursitis and ITB syndrome.  Whatever the pain, we can assess your knee and find out what the likely cause is and tailor a treatment for the recovery from knee pain.

By Claire Yuill