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Knee Pain Physio – Manchester


Knee pain is one of the most common problems we treat at Total Restore. It can either develop as the result of an impact, like a fall, or simply just the product of another condition, like arthritis.

Unfortunately, unless someone has suffered an impact injury that is causing the pain, most people tend to disregard knee injuries and hope they will pass without any help. This often leads to ongoing symptoms that persist longer than necessary. 

Let’s face it, hobbling around isn’t productive, so seeing a specialist knee pain physio is key to getting back to your best.


How can Physiotherapy help knee pain and why choose us?

At Total Restore Physiotherapy our physiotherapists are very experienced in all kinds of knee injuries, from degenerative changes to violent ACL ruptures.

No matter the knee injury physiotherapy is key and can help you get back on your feet and back to sports or a pain free day-to-day life.  

Our therapists have specialised in knee problems and performed studies of their own regarding what is the best form of return to sports and best treatment plans for those who suffer knee injuries.

Every patient is treated as an individual case here at Total Restore Physiotherapy and a treatment plan is focused on assessing, treating and preventing your problem from happening again.


Causes of Knee Pain   

After an injury:

  • Sprains and strains – pain after overusing, twisting or over-stretching. Often felt during exercise.
  • Tendons (Tendonopathy) – Pain usually occurs between the kneecap and shin. Often caused by repetitive movement (e.g. running, jumping).
  • Torn ligaments or meniscus (cartilage damage) – usually caused by a twisting movement or degeneration. The feeling of instability and giving way when standing or walking. Decreased range of motion, mainly when trying to straighten the knee and may have heard a popping sound at the time the injury occurred.
  • Osgood-Schlatter’s Disease – Pain and swelling in teenagers and young adults, felt below the kneecap. It is characterised as a painful burn just below the knee that worsens with activity and can subside with rest.
  • Kneecap (patella) dislocations – After a sudden change of direction or a painful blow to the knee, the patella may dislocate or sublux and be very painful for the patient. May feel a popping sensation, severe pain, and inability to straighten knee, sudden swelling and the inability to walk.

No obvious injury:

  • Osteoarthritis – Very common in the older population or in those who have had previous knee injuries or perform repetitive knee movements such as running or walking long distances. Characterised by pain and stiffness in both knees, swelling and warm knees.
  • Bursitis Pain below the knee that is worsened by kneeling or bending. Can cause the knee to swell a lot and become red and warm.
  • Bleeding in the joint – This is rare but can happen when you are taking anticoagulants. Often you see sudden bruising, pain, swelling and warmth.
  • Gout or septic arthritis – Characterised by sudden attacks of very bad pain and the joint will be red and very warm.

It is often hard to know what you have when suffering knee pain if you do not seek help from a specialist.

The best thing to do is to seek help when symptoms start occurring to prevent your symptoms from worsening and delay the healing process.


Physiotherapy Treatment for Knee Pain

Treatment sessions can include the following (depending on the severity/type of your injury):

  • Pre/Post surgical rehab
  • Education & advice
  • Gait analysis
  • Soft/Deep tissue release
  • Manual therapy including joint mobilization/ manipulation
  • Active/Passive movement
  • Acupuncture
  • Tailor-made Home exercise program focusing on strength/stretching/balance/coordination and prevention programs
  • Ultrasound/Electrotherapy
  • Taping techniques
  • Advice and brace fitting

Self-help advice:

  • DO NOT self-diagnose – seek help and understanding of your condition
  • Manage your pain by:

    • Rest/move – Know when to stop and when movement is necessary to prevent stiffness;
    • Ice – Decrease the inflammation/redness in your knee by applying 10mins of ice on your painful joint
    • Elevate – Keep your limb elevated to prevent swelling and blood pooling
    • Take painkiller if necessary – Ibuprofen or paracetamol
  • Take calcium tablets or Fish oil tablets
  • Diet – Eat a healthy diet and try to shred those extra pounds that are putting extra pressure on your knee joint
  • Listen to your coach and therapist when it comes to return to play
  • Use a brace or learn taping techniques that can prevent you from causing more damage to your joint
  • Do a proper warm-up before getting back to activity
  • STOP smoking/decrease alcohol intake
  • Try not to limp and compensate with your other limb
  • Try at home exercises like these knee arthritis exercises
  • ASK questions to your physiotherapist and listen to what they have to say!


Struggling with knee pain? Call us on 0161 833 3008 today and book an appointment with one of our knee pain physio specialists.