Knee Pain Treatment

The knee is one of the most commonly injured joints – especially people who undertake vigorous sporting activities. Generally, an injury to a knee results in pain, swelling, and loss of movement.

There are several structures within the joint which are commonly injured

These include:

  • The menisci or floating cartilages
  • The ligaments: medial, lateral and both anterior and posterior cruciates
  • The articular ( joint surface) cartilage
  • The knee cap (patella)

With serious injuries, the joint surface or underlying bone may also be damaged.

Edward Crawfurd specialises in knee pain treatment and can provide a variety of treatments to help ease and treat pain and discomfort.

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Torn Anterior Cruciate Ligament

Symptoms of knee Injuries

  • Pain
  • Loss of movement
  • Swelling
  • Giving way
  • Locking or catching
  • Inability to take your weight

If you have a knee injury then getting an early diagnosis and the appropriate treatment can mean that damage is limited and the return to activities quicker.

In order to make the diagnosis and start the correct treatment a consultation with a specialist and investigations, such as Xrays, an MRI scan, CT scan or ultrasound scans, may be necessary.

Torn Medial Meniscus

Treatment of Knee Injuries

Simple treatments are often helpful for minor injuries and in the early stages of more serious injuries. These include:

Rest
Ice
Compression
Elevation

All of which will help with pain and swelling. But other treatments may also be needed such as:

  • Physiotherapy
  • Bracing
  • Injections (with steroid, anaesthetic, or lubricant)
  • Modification of activities
  • Surgery

Structures that may need treating include:

  • Tendons
  • Joint surface cartilage
  • Bone
  • Menisci
  • Ligaments – anterior cruciate, posterior cruciate, collateral ligaments
  • The knee cap (patella)