What is knee pain?
Knee pain is common in all age groups as the knee joint takes the full weight of your body and is vulnerable to injury. It can be disabling, prevent you from enjoying life e.g. playing sport, impact on your ability to do normal day to day tasks e.g. going for a walk or enjoying activities with family or friends, make you feel depressed and generally affect the quality of your life. You don’t need to suffer – We can help you!
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What are the symptoms of knee pain?
The location and severity of knee pain may vary, depending on the cause of the problem. Signs and symptoms that sometimes accompany knee pain include:
- Swelling and stiffness
- Redness and warmth to the touch
- Weakness or instability
- Popping or crunching noises
- Inability to fully straighten the knee
- Pain when you twist your knee
- Pain or ache when walking or at rest
What are the causes of knee pain?
There a number of conditions that can cause knee pain.
The following are the most common causes:
- Osteoarthritis: is a common cause of knee pain in older people. It may also cause swelling in the knee. Osteoarthritis can also affect younger people, those who are overweight or have had injuries to the knee in the past. In osteoarthritis, the cartilage in the knee joint gradually dries out, cracks and wears away. As the cartilage wears away, it becomes frayed and rough, and the protective space between the bones decreases. This can result in bone rubbing on bone, and produce painful bone spurs. Osteoarthritis develops slowly and the pain it causes worsens over time.
- Damage to the meniscus or cartilage: The meniscus is the cushioning pad in your knee joint. This is a very tough tissue hardened to withstand wear and tear. Like every other material it has a limit and can be damaged with high levels of force.
- Anterior knee pain syndrome: Knee pain felt at the front of the knee is most commonly due to irritation of the cartilage under your kneecap due to abnormal biomechanics, poor flexibility, and weakness in your muscles or arthritis.
- Simple strain/sprain: This happens as a result of increased activity or the overstretching of the ligaments, tendons or muscles.
- Alignment/structural issues with the foot and ankle: Flat feet, hypermobile ankle joints and arthritis in the foot/ankle can cause abnormal gait. This can cause conditions to develop in the knee.
What are the treatment options?
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NHS waiting times can be many months just to have an assessment and it can take over a year to access treatment.
We can offer:
- An Orthopaedic Assessment within days
- Diagnostic Ultrasound Scans at the clinic
- Rapid referral for X Ray or MRI imaging if required
- Individualised treatment plans including some of the most advanced and effective injection therapies currently available in medicine