In our experience there are essentially 2 kinds of knee pain sufferer. There are those with shorter term or milder knee pain who are looking for ‘pain relief’, and there are those who have suffered a great deal with their knee pain and are looking for a more long term result. In either case we can often help. Most cases of knee pain respond very well to a systematic 3 step rehabilitation process.
Step 1 – Get An In Depth Diagnosis
Getting an in depth diagnosis means working with someone who can explain to you WHY the pain, injury, wear & tear or damage has occurred. If you have meniscus damage on your right side, some osteoarthritis on your left or maybe just stubborn tendon pain at the front of either knee those are all symptoms of something more fundamental.
There will be some reason/weakness/habit that has bought the pain and/or damage about. That weakness, habit or imbalance is the real cause of your knee pain, and as such it’s your true diagnosis.
Possible underlying issues that can lead to knee pain and knee injuries include..
Muscle wasting triggered by old injuries.
Scar tissue build-up triggered by old injuries.
Weak gluteal muscles.
Particularly flat feet or high arches.
Tight hamstrings from sitting alot.
Muscle weakness caused by lack of fitness.
Step 2 – Get Some Hands On Treatment For Your Pain
Work with a team who are willing to trial a variety of methods to ease your pain. At our clinic example, treatments include…
Deep tissue release
Scar tissue release
If you have stubborn knee pains you may find that you need a determined, flexible and open minded practitioner who is willing to throw the kitchen sink at your pain. Some of our patients who are recovering from major knee injuries find that they need a long list of different pain treatments at different times in order to progress.
Step 3 – Rehabilitation
Rehabilitation exercise usually means doing exercises that strengthen the weaknesses and imbalances identified in Step 1. This step is crucial for those who want to do everything they can to resolve their knee pain in the longer term. A percentage of patients also need insoles for their shoes, usually those with either very high or very low arches.
The key to effective strengthening exercises for knee pain is a willingness to learn knee exercises and keep doing them over a period of time, in much the same way that you cannot go to the gym for 6 weeks and then just stop it you want lasting change.
It isn’t always easy to find the right help for your knee pain in a world where crumpled exercise sheets, painkillers and surgical consults account for 90% of interventions. Surgery is great, if your knee is badly damaged enough to need it. Painkillers and exercises are great, if your knee problem is so mild that these interventions alone work for you. Most persistent knee pain issues need something a bit less invasive than surgery, and something a bit more focused than painkillers.
With the right help, the right tools and the right mindset we find that many people have had great success managing even severe knee problems in the long term.