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Treatments for Anterior Knee Pain

There are many things a physiotherapist will do to help you with your knee pain. Certain treatments will depend on the exact nature of the problem but here are a few that might be beneficial.

Deep tissue massage for the quadricep, hamstring and calf muscles as these can become tight and stiff either causing the knee pain or as a result of the knee pain.

Taping to support the knee cap can alleviate a lot of symptoms by reducing compression on the patella tendon or fat pad, or can help to ensure the knee cap moves in a more efficient and less painful way.

Electrotherapy can alleviate pain and help to stimulate some healing within the soft tissue structures of the knee.

Acupuncture can help by reducing inflammation, stimulating healing and reducing tissue stiffness. Acupuncture also has an amazing effect on the body by encouraging it to release endorphins which are our own internal pain killers.

If you are suffering from knee pain, please don’t leave it – not only is it likely to get worse but it could lead to foot and ankle pain or hip and back pain. Call us to get an appointment – we can usually see you within 48 hours of you ringing us – 01438 317037.

Kerri Surman – Specialist Sports and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist

Exercise for Anterior Knee Pain

Usually when someone has anterior knee pain, they also have very stiff quadricep muscles. This is the name of the group of muscles at the front of your thigh. As you have seen from the previous post the knee cap sits within the tendon of these muscles. This means that the quadriceps directly affect the knee cap and the front of the knee.

A simple solution for this problem is to work on this stiffness. You can do this in a couple of ways – foam rolling and stretching.

Here is a great stretch for the quadriceps. Pull your heel towards your buttock, keep your knees together and squeeze your glutes tucking your pelvis under (flattening the arch in your lower back).

Hold the stretch for 30-60 seconds and do at least 5 every day. If you have time to do more then you should – the more stretching you do the better the muscles will feel and the more effect you will have on the function of your knee.

If you have more knee pain due to this stretch, then stop and seek a physiotherapists opinion. We can usually see you within 48 hours of you calling us – so give us a ring and book in on 01438 317037.

Kerri Surman – Specialist Sports and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist

Anatomy of Anterior Knee Pain

This diagram shows some of the structures described last week which can cause pain around the front of the knee.

You can narrow down where your knee pain is coming from by pressing around the knee. With quite a lot of types of anterior knee pain the pain comes exactly from the source of the problem.

If the pain emanates from the top part of the knee cap it is highly likely you have quadriceps tendinopathy, if the pain comes from the lower tip of the knee cap it is likely you have patella tendinopathy, although this needs more specialised assessment as there are several structures extremely close together that could be causing the pain. Accurate diagnosis of the structure is important because the treatment and rehabilitation is different.

If the pain is more vague you should definitely seek a specialist assessment with a physiotherapist. We can usually see you within 48 hours of you calling in, so give us a ring and let’s get your knee sorted.

01438 317037

Kerri Surman – Specialist Sports and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist

Anterior Knee Pain

Basically, this means pain at the front of the knee! 

We see a lot of people with knee pain that seems to have come on for no reason, there was no actual injury incident, but the pain is getting worse or just won’t go away. Sometimes the pain is pinpoint specific and sometimes it is more vague. 

Anterior knee pain usually causes symptoms of pain going up and down stairs, pain when standing up after sitting for more than half an hour which eases after a few steps and difficulty kneeling on the sore knee.

The source of the pain could be the back of the kneecap itself, sometimes the cartilage on the back of the kneecap can become painful and inflamed. The pain could be coming from the patella tendon which attaches onto the bottom of the kneecap and the top of your shin bone, it could also come from various squashy tissues at the front of the knee which are there to reduce friction when the knee is moving.

Anterior knee pain can be easily helped with physiotherapy – but if it isn’t treated it tends to go on and on, not really getting better on its own. The longer it is left, the worse the pain tends to get the longer it will then take to get better once you visit a physio.

This is a pain that you shouldn’t push through and you shouldn’t ignore.

If you are suffering from any of these symptoms please get in contact with us, the sooner the better. We will absolutely be able to help.

Give our lovely reception team a call on 01438 317037 to book in.

Kerri Surman – Specialist Sports and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist