Knee physio at our Oakville physiotherapy centre
We see a wide variety of injuries which affect the knee. These include acute, chronic, traumatic, and from overuse or repetitive stress. More often than not, knee physio is the answer. With a traumatic injury such as a sprain to one of the major knee ligaments, our Oakville physiotherapy centre will use knee physio tactics to help you regain your range of motion, proprioception, and safely return you to your regular activities of daily living.
Common overuse injuries that knee physio can assist with are patellar tendinitis, patellofemoral pain syndrome, osteoarthritis, and others. These injuries result from repetitive abnormal forces placed on the knee and patella which cause inflammation, and degeneration of the protective cartilage covering the bones or micro-tears in the tendon. These abnormal forces can be caused by over-pronation of the feet during walking/running, and weakness in the stabilizing muscles of the core or pelvis. These conditions often affect manual labourers, runners, those starting a new activity program, if workout intensity or distances are increased too quickly, changing the surface you run on, or if you are using improper or worn out footwear.
With knee physio treatment, you will initially need to stop or limit the aggravating activity to give the tissues time to heal. Our Oakville physiotherapy centre will work to manage the inflammation to promote an optimum environment for healing through manual techniques, modalities and icing instructions. We will use manual knee physio techniques and a prescribed stretching program to decrease muscle tension, taking stress off the healing tissues. We will look at your feet, gait mechanics, the muscle activation/strength of your stability muscles in the core, pelvis, arch, and develop an appropriate exercise program to build strength and ingrain proper movement patterns. If needed, we can fit you for custom orthotics and give you advice on proper footwear to help prevent this condition from coming back.
Looking to book a knee physio appointment? Contact our Oakville physiotherapy centre today!