Knee Pain FAQ

What is the best treatment for knee pain?

The best treatment plan for knee pain is the most flexible one. If you are lucky you might get relief with a single therapy like acupuncture, but many cases of knee pain demand a more varied approach. The longer you have had knee pain for the more likely it is that you will need a more flexible approach

  •  Acupuncture
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Release 
  •  Post-Isometric Stretching
  •  Suction Cups
  • Taping 
  • Scar Tissue Release
  • Vibration Massage
  • Custom Insoles
  •  Quad / Glute Strengthening
  •  Lifestyle Alterations
  • Functional Exercises
Is it okay to massage my knee pain? 

Massage is great, especially in areas where we have stubborn pain. The likelihood of you doing any harm by massaging a knee that you have pain in is low, as long as it isn’t freshly injured or infected in any way. If you have persistent knee pain massage can be an excellent way to manage pain levels and promote blood flow in the tissues. 

What are the best exercises for knee pain? 

The best exercises for knee pain are ones that strengthen the stabilising muscles of the entire foot, leg & hip. Being more specific, these type of exercises are those that carefully and persistently challenge your ability to balance and bear weight in a coordinated way. 

For many with a history of knee pain it won’t be possible  to do this kind of rehab comfortably and safely until your pain is under control via effective treatment methods. 

How can I tell if I have arthritis in my knees? 

See someone who has the professional training and experience to make that call for you. The only way to confirm the presence of arthritis in the knee 100% is with x Ray. A practitioner who is up to date with ‘best practices’ for knee pain will not want to order x Rays simple because you have knee pain. The first step towards diagnosing knee arthritis is a comprehensive history and physical exam, this does lead to x rays in some instances 

Should I get a knee replacement? 

There are a small percentage of knee pain cases that relate to severe knee arthritis, and a percentage of those require surgery of some kind. If you are worried about knee arthritis it’s worth knowing that even if you do, arthritis is not the ‘death sentence’ for a knee that it once was. Over time modern rehabilitation and pain management techniques have meant many more people are able to avoid surgery than was once the case. 

What can cause knee pain?

There are many possible causes of knee pain all of which relate to their own specific tissues and their own specific types of physical stress, injury or physical disease… 

  • Muscle Weaknesses & Imbalances 
  • Soft Tissue Injuries eg. ACL Tears 
  • Bone Fractures 
  • Flat Feet or High Arches
  • Joint Infections 
  • Osteoarthritis Or Wear & Tear 
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis 
  • Gout & Pseudogout 
What causes knee pain going down steps?

There are numerous possible causes of knee pain going down stairs or steps specifically. The most likely by far is some form of weakness, tightness or scar tissues build up where the thigh muscles (quadriceps) meet the knee.  

When you are going down a flight of steps your thigh muscles (quadriceps) need to work very hard to control the downward force of gravity acting on your body weight. This places more strain on the soft tissues and kneecap (patella) at the front of the knee. This extra strain on the thigh muscles and front of the knee can trigger pain if you have issues with weakness or scar tissue in that area. 

What causes sudden sharp pain at the front of the knee?

Sharp sudden pains at the front of the knee are nearly always caused by the kneecap (patella) suddenly shifting out of place. If you have this issue it most likely indicates that you have a significant muscle imbalance around your hip and knee. It is the correct and effective action of muscle with the IT band that primarily stabilises the kneecap. 

What’s the best treatment for runners knee? 

The best treatment protocol for runners knee is one that not only takes care of the pain but also seeks to identify the underlying causes and address those too. Releasing muscles spasm, scar tissue work and reducing inflammation are all helpful for pain management. Identifying issues with running style and any underlying weaknesses and imbalances is they key to rehab and prevention of runners knee. 

Why does my knee click when it bends?

The most common cause of a knee that clicks when it bends is mild degenerative change in the cartilage on the back of the kneecap. Roughening of the cartilage causes it to grind slightly as your knee bends. It’s important not to be too alarmed by this knowledge because in most cases it is just a part of the natural and painless part of the aging process. Clicking and grinding more than other people your own age can however be a sign that you could benefit from some specific strength and stability exercises for the muscles that hold your kneecap in place.