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Knee injury

The knee is a complex joint which can often be injured during sporting activity or when we get older, especially if we are carrying too much weight. Maintaining the strength of the big quadriceps muscles at the front of the thigh is really important in the treatment of knee problems.

What happens at a consultation?

You would first of all receive a comprehensive MSK physiotherapy examination, including a subjective history when your past medical history and current medication use would be collected. Please bring your medication history with you to your first appointment. Please attend wearing loose clothing so that the physiotherapist can see and palpate your knee.

What treatments would I expect?

Treatments including manual therapies (joint mobilisations, manipulation) acupuncture and/or exercise may be offered if it is felt that they would be helpful for you. We have one independent prescriber on our team who is available for consultation should help with medication be required.

Exercise at home is a key part of rehabilitation and it is really important to carry out regular exercise to help mobilise and strengthen the muscles of your knee. Acute injuries can be helped by the principles of PRICE:

PRICE therapy

PRICE stands for:
  • Protection – protect the injured area from further injury by using a support or (in the case of an ankle injury) wearing shoes that enclose and support your feet, such as lace-ups.
  • Rest – stop the activity that caused the injury and rest the injured joint or muscle. Avoid activity for the first 48 to 72 hours after injuring yourself. Your GP may recommend you use crutches.
  • Ice – for the first 48 to 72 hours after the injury, apply ice wrapped in a damp towel to the injured area for 15 to 20 minutes every two to three hours during the day. Do not leave the ice on while you are asleep, and do not allow the ice to touch your skin directly, because it could cause a cold burn.
  • Compression – compress or bandage the injured area to limit any swelling and movement that could damage it further. You can use a simple elastic bandage or elasticated tubular bandage available from a pharmacy. It should be wrapped snuggle around the affected area, but not so tightly that it restricts blood flow. Remove the bandage before you go to sleep.
  • Elevation – keep the injured area raised and supported on a pillow to help reduce swelling. If your leg is injured, avoid having long periods of time where your leg is not raised.