Having Severe Knee Pain? A Guide to Physiotherapy Treatment for Relief

Swelling or Stiff Knee Pain Causes, Symptoms and Relief Treatment

What causes Knee Pain?

Knee pain is a common complaint that affects people of all ages. Knee pain may be the result of an injury, such as a ruptured ligament or torn cartilage.  

Most often associated with general wear and tear from daily activities like walking, bending, standing and lifting.

Athletes who run or play sports that involve jumping or quick pivoting are also more likely to experience knee pain and problems. But whether an individual’s knee pain is caused by ageing or injury, it can be a nuisance and even debilitating in some circumstances.

Medical conditions — including arthritis, gout and infections — also can cause knee pain.

Experiencing knee pain that is preventing you from doing the things you love?

It could result from an injury such as a torn ligament or knee muscle strained tendons. The likelihood of knee injuries increases 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)

Degenerative Knee Condition

The occurrence of 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 pain relief but can’t seem to find a lasting solution for your persistent knee pain – Core Concepts Singapore physiotherapy services may have your answer.

Other types of solutions such as painkillers and home remedies only offer temporary pain relief; Physiotherapy treatment can provide you with a permanent solution to your 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.

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.


Common Knee Pain Conditions

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. 

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.

Physiotherapy Provides More than Just Immediate Pain Relief

During your first session, your physiotherapist will run a thorough assessment to accurately determine the cause of your pain. After which, 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.


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.

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.

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.


“This is hands-down one of the best physiotherapy place in Singapore. Natalie at the front desk has super human efficiencey at working with your schedules and communication. i can’t recommend them enough”

Shayne Mathews


Frequently Asked Questions

There are various causes of pain that we will be unable to identify without a proper assessment. However, the common causes of knee pain are injuries like 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 pain and prescribe the necessary treatment plan that would help recover you to full activity as quickly as possible.

Some of the treatments methods for 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 pain condition.

For more severe cases, surgery may be required. We can refer you to a specialist if required.

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.

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 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 pain; one can make the choice to switch the frequency of high impact sports and participate in lower impact sports like swimming instead.