knee physio - meniscus knee injuries

What is going on and how serious is it?

Even the simple things can hurt, walking, bending your knee, going up and/or down stairs. Your knee may or may not have swelling. With a knee injury this can affect your work, sport and recreational activities, even things you take for granted like sleeping.  Going up and down stairs, bending down to pick something from the floor or even getting in and out of the car.

Will your knee ever feel good again?

Things that you may experience when you have a meniscus injury may include pain, swelling, clicking, popping or locking. Whilst many aches, pains and strains that we feel can change rapidly because you need to keep using your knee the problem often doesn’t get a chance to settle properly. And, you really need to keep moving, keep working and to minimise your time out from sport. Being able to walk, bend your knee and sleep well is essential. There must be something you can do about it!

With the right care, your knee can recover really well (with knee physio)

A Strive physiotherapist should be seen as soon as possible to determine the extent of the injury and to provide advice on treatment required. They can perform a physical examination and take the appropriate course of action from there. X-rays, MRI if necessary. Each situation varies but with your Strive physiotherapist the appropriate course of action will get you back on track from the outset.

The immediate treatment of any soft tissue injury consists of the POLICE protocol – Protection, Optimal Loading,  Ice, Compression, Elevation. POLICE protocol should be followed for 48–72 hours. The aim is to reduce the bleeding and damage within the joint. The knee should be rested in an elevated position with an ice pack applied for 20 minutes every two hours (never apply ice directly to the skin). A correctly sized compression bandage should be applied to limit swelling and bleeding in the joint.
The No HARM protocol should also be applied – no heat, no alcohol, no running or activity, and no massage. This will ensure decreased swelling and bleeding in the injured area.

Your Strive physio will perform a mixture of hands on treatment, education, exercises and other strategies depending on your situation to help you:

  • Improve signs and symptoms
  • Regain joint mobility
  • Strengthen the knee and lower limb
  • Improve joint alignment
  • Work on higher level function and balance
  • Injury prevention advice/guidance

Your body is strong, healthy and resilient. With the right care your Strive physio can diagnose your knee problem, identify the factors required for your recovery and help you back to excellent function once more. Book an appointment today.

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