Knee Pain

As we age it is not uncommon to experience knee pain although, the knee can be particularly vulnerable to damage due to the pressure that involve a lot of turning, such as football, rugby , running and skiing. Knee pain can often be felt at the front of the knee, around the knee or behind the kneecap, dull nagging sensation or sharp to severe is often reported with symptoms including locking, clicking or giving way.

Anterior knee pain

Usually felt at the front of the knee, around the kneecap, is called anterior knee pain. Sometimes it can be linked to previous injuries, general overuse of your knees, muscle weakness and the kneecap being slightly out of place , in some It's not always obvious why this pain even develops . Most often the pain tends to be dull or aching and often affects both knees at the same time, made worse by sitting for prolonged periods, squatting, kneeling, using stairs, running and growth spurts.

There are many reasons for knee pain these may include:

  • Arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Runner's knee
  • Cartilage or menisci damage
  • Ligament , tendon Damage
  • Osgood-Schlatter's disease
  • Growth spurt
  • Patellofemoral pain syndrome
  • Tendonitis
  • Gout
  • Pantella Tendon maltracking
  • Trauma
  • Bursitis
  • Imbalance from the feet


    If you feel you have experienced any of the following problems then it a good indication that you have a knee problem:

  • you cannot put weight on your knee at all
  • you have severe pain even when you're not putting weight on it, such as at night
  • your knee locks or painfully clicks (painless clicking is OK)
  • your knee keeps giving way
  • you're unable to fully bend or straighten your knee
  • your knee looks deformed
  • redness or heat around the knee, or it's very swollen
  • you have pain, swelling, numbness or tingling of the calf beneath your affected knee
  • when general walking and running
  • Treatment

    The knee joint is a complex joint therefore a full medical history and examination will need to be taken, treatments plan will be based on an individual needs and bases. Rehabilitation coupled with stretching exercises may also be given as part of this process.