The diagnosis can be a ligament injury or just weakness of the knee. There are many types of knee injury causing structural damage, in an older person osteoarthritis can be assessed with the same sort of techniques.
Through the assessment a diagnosis is found and advice is given to start recovery of underlying conditions.
The knee is a hinge joint and through it's construction it has been called a sitting duck for injury.
The knee can be injured in non-traumatic sport such as golf or injured in contact sport such as rugby and football. Knees can be injured in the home by falling, twisting and age.
The diagnosis for knee problems is straight forward, the testing is for structural problems, ligament pain and weakness and meniscus tears (cartilage).
Normally one knee is affected in injury. In osteoarthritis symptoms are normally in both knees but maybe of varying degree.
At Clare House Physiotherapy we treat patients to strengthen the muscles before a total knee replacement. We help to rehabilitate the patient after the knee replacement.
There is a treatment program to follow in order to pass 90 percent of flexion of the new knee and completely strengthen the whole leg. We will also be able to correct your walking pattern to get the best possible results from this major surgery, to enable you to return to an active and perhaps sporting life.
There are a number of excercises to help improve knee strength and mobility.