Our knees are made of several parts like bones, cartilage, tendons, and ligaments. Due to repeated use, our knees may get damaged in the long run. This damage is more pronounced in the elderly. Physiotherapy can be of some help in these cases. This article will help you understand the key benefits of physiotherapy when it comes to knee pain.
Please note that physiotherapy can help you only in specific cases of knee pain. In extreme cases of arthritis and muscle tears, this option may not be beneficial. Various studies have proved that physiotherapy helps in improving your quality of life in cases of meniscal tears and mild osteoarthritis. This therapy can avoid non-surgical interventions so you can continue with your healthy lifestyle.
However, if you and your doctor still decide that surgery is necessary, you may even go in for a ‘pre-hab’. In this regimen, you build your knee strength and make your knee joint ready for any surgery.
This way, your road to post-surgery is shorter, and you get better results. It has been accepted that the stronger and more educated you are before surgery, the better will be the results once you come out of the hospital post-surgery. After any arthroscopic procedure, you may be referred to a physiotherapist for a variety of reasons. These may include:
- Regain balance
- Increased mobility
- Healing of the knee joint
- Learning to walk without any assistive device
- Spend quality time with friends and family
- Getting back to work quickly
Physiotherapy works well even after a partial or total knee replacement. You may want to book a physio for your post-operative care, so click here. Physiotherapy can help patients in the following situations:
- Pre and Post-surgical treatment and rehabilitation
- Pain in knees, hips, and ankles
- Disc injuries
- Pain in the shoulder, wrist, and elbow
- Injuries sustained in the gym
- Cross-fit injuries
- Sports injuries
- Fractures of the neck and the cervical area
- Injuries sustained due to overuse of equipment
When you visit a physiotherapist, he examines your injured area as well as all those regions which contribute to your pain. A good physiotherapist comes up with some or all of the following techniques:
- Active Release Technique Massage
- Joint Mobilization
- Trigger Point Therapy
- Dry Needling
- Muscle Energy Techniques
- Soft Tissue Massage
- PNF Stretching
- Exercise Based Massage
When you visit your physio, he will consider your weight, age, lifestyle, injury history, bone density and a few other factors. Depending upon these factors, he will start with an exercise and rehab regimen for you. You may opt for group sessions or a one-to-one session with your physio directly. If you have medical insurance, your physio will reduce his treatment charges. Before going to a physio, please be aware of the various kinds of knee pain. They are:
- Acute knee pain- This kind of knee pain happens 1-7 days after any injury. This pain is intense and very hard to bear. Rest your knee for a few days to let the pain subside.
- Sub-acute pain- It happens 2-6 weeks after an injury and is moderate.
- Chronic knee pain- This occurs 8-12 weeks after any injury. Please consult your doctor or physio if you are experiencing this kind of knee pain.
If you experience acute knee pain, use the following technique- Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevate. However, we’d strongly advise you to consult a doctor in this case.