Having Severe Knee Pain? Swelling or Stiff Knee Causes, Symptoms and Relief Treatment
Common Knee Pain Conditions that we treat
Here are some common conditions causing knee pain from injuries, mechanical problems, types of arthritis and other problems. Uncertain of your condition? Visit us for an assessment and we will help you figure it out.
- Knee Osteoarthritis is commonly known as wear-and-tear arthritis
- ACL Injury is a tear or sprains of the Anterior Cruciate Ligament Tear ( ACL Tear)
- Fractures/ Knee Joint Pain
- A torn meniscus is a tear in the cartilage of the knee
- Swollen Knee or Knee bursitis is inflammation or irritation of one or more of the bursae in your knee
- Patellar tendinitis is also known as Jumper’s Knee
- Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITB) or (ITBS) is the most common cause of lateral knee pain (Runners Knee)
Treat Your Knee Pain Conditions Early.
Get Better and Stay Better.
It is important to seek medical advice from a physiotherapist to get an accurate diagnosis of your condition. Only after getting an accurate diagnosis, then will you be able to apply the appropriate treatment methods to resolve the pain. Instead of self-diagnosing and risking the chance of an inaccurate diagnosis, it would be better to consult with our physiotherapists.
Experiencing knee pain that is preventing you from doing the things you love?
You are not alone – Knee Pain is a common ailment that affects people of all ages. The prevalence of knee pain increases among the elderly.
Knee pain could result from an injury such as a torn ligament or strained tendons. The likelihood of knee injuries increase if you participate in high impact sports that require jumping (eg: basketball) or sports that require sudden changes in direction of movement (eg: running, skiing, soccer)
The occurrence of knee pain increases among the elderly due to wear and tear of the knee joint and cartilage. Osteoarthritis, a degenerative knee condition is the most common cause of knee pain, affecting almost 40% of adults.
If you’ve tried various methods for Knee pain relief but can’t seem to find a lasting solution for your persistent knee pain – Core Concepts Singapore physiotherapy may have your answer. Other types of solutions such as painkillers and home remedies that only offer temporary pain relief, Physiotherapy treatment can provide you with a permanent solution to your knee pain without medicine or surgery. This is because we do not only treat the symptoms, but we also fix the underlying cause of your pain.
What is Knee Pain Physiotherapy?
Physiotherapists are experts in human anatomy and are experts in matters relating to muscles, bones, joints, tendons, and ligaments. Knee Pain Physiotherapy aims to relieve pain and treat the condition through methods such as manual therapy, massage therapy, manipulation and exercises. Physiotherapy does not involve any medication or surgery but our physiotherapists can refer you to a specialist and work closely with them if necessary.
Physiotherapy Provides More than Just Immediate Pain Relief
Immediate Knee Pain Relief – Getting Better
During your first session, your physiotherapist will run a thorough assessment to accurately determine the cause of your pain. Afterwhich, your physiotherapist will help to provide immediate pain relief through manual therapy, massage therapy by releasing tight knots or reducing the compression in your knee. This will ensure that you will walk out of our door in significantly less pain than when you first came to us.
Effective Knee Pain Relief
Here at Core Concepts Singapore, we practice a value-based healthcare system – where we aim to maximize your rehabilitation potential. Our goal is to get you feeling better at the soonest with as few sessions as possible. During your first session, your physiotherapist will also find out more about your treatment goals and develop a treatment plan that is suited to your needs.
Lasting Pain Relief – Staying Better
Instead of only fixing the obvious symptoms, we dive deeper to find out the root cause of your pain and work on resolving that as well to ensure that the pain does not return. Your treatment plan will also include fixing the root cause of your knee pain to ensure that it does not trigger knee pain for you again.
Better than Before
In some cases, we can maximise your rehab potential. Going beyond what you were capable of doing before the incident. For instance, your knee pain could have only allowed you to walk for 500m or 10 minutes before needing to rest. Physiotherapy can help you to walk further with no discomfort.
Core Concepts – Knee Pain Relief Specialists
Knee pain is more complicated than you think. Very often, the answer to what’s causing your pain is far deeper than what you expect. It is important to note that your knee is not an isolated part of the body – it can be affected by other parts of the body as well.
The human anatomy is an interlinked system of bones, muscles, joints, ligaments that help you to perform your daily functions. Thus when one part of the body starts hurting, there is a possibility that the pain could be attributed to another part of the body. One simple movement such as taking a step forward involves not only the leg but also your hips and spine. For instance, if your hip is injured, it could result in knee pain as you will not be able to take steps normally. This could result in additional pressure on the knee, causing knee strain or pain. Or vice-versa.
Knee Pain – A symptom, not a condition
Pain, like a fever, is a symptom and could be an indication of a multitude of problems. You could take medication to get rid of the fever, but without going to the doctor to get a proper diagnosis, you will be unable to find out the root cause of the fever. Without treating the root cause, the fever will likely return if your body is unable to heal itself. And the body has an amazing to heal and recover from a whole host of problems.
Likewise, pain is a symptom and you can temporarily relieve the pain through pain medication and hot compresses. However, without consulting a physiotherapist, you will not be able to find out the root cause of your pain and resolve it. And if your body cannot adequately heal itself, it often leads to chronic issues and long-term and deeper problems later on. Other times it doesn’t heal right like a broken bone not set properly. Your physiotherapist can help you do that.
The Thinking Physiotherapists
At Core Concepts Singapore, we understand the importance of diagnosing the root cause of the problem and treating that to prevent a recurrence. We are firm believers in ‘The Thinking Physiotherapist’ and acknowledge that pain is a symptom and has various layers. Our first step is to determine the root cause by digging deeper into the symptoms. We strip away the symptoms layer by layer to find out what is causing the pain. After determining the root cause, we resolve the multiple layers of pain you feel. Instead of just simply temporarily relieving your pain symptoms, we also aim to fix the underlying cause. From there, we work to ensure that your pain doesn’t return by making your body stronger and more functional.
Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Knee Pain
- What is causing my knee pain and how did I get it?
There are various causes of knee pain which we will be unable to identify without a proper assessment. However, the common causes of knee pain are injuries like an ACL injury. An ACL injury is when there is a tear of the anterior cruciate ligament – 1 of the 4 ligaments that connect your shinbone to your thigh bone. At Core Concepts Singapore, our physiotherapist would diagnose the reason for your knee pain and prescribe the necessary treatment plan that would help recover you to full activity as quickly as possible.
- What treatments are available for knee pain?
Some of the treatments methods for Knee pain that we employ are manual therapy, massage therapy and strengthening exercises. Your treatment plan will be determined by your physiotherapist after conducting a full diagnostic assessment of your knee pain condition. For more severe cases, surgery may be required. We can refer you to a specialist if required.
- When should I see a physiotherapist for knee pain?
Seeking a physiotherapist as early as possible would allow an efficient recovery period. However, you should seek a physiotherapist immediately if you have been experiencing knee pain that is severe. Also, if your movements are limited or if the pain gets worse while performing certain activities such as walking or climbing the stairs. At Core Concepts, we are dedicated to addressing your issues and getting you back to full activity.
- What can I do to prevent knee pain?
There are certain factors that increase your risk of knee pain without the presence of a sudden injury. Factors such as age, gender, being overweight and playing high impact sports. All these places additional stress on your knee joint, increasing your risk of knee pain. Stress on your knee joint causes the wear and tear of your knee cartilage – leading to knee pain. Women are also more prone to knee injuries due to estrogen hormones and lower bone density
In order to prevent knee pain, one can make the choice to switch the frequency of high impact sports and participate in lower impact sports like swimming instead.
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