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Unhappy knees? Managing anterior knee pain

Anterior knee pain is a common issue that can really get in the way of daily life. Whether it's

from too much activity, how our bodies move, or a specific injury, dealing with this pain needs a

comprehensive approach. Physiotherapy can play a crucial role in helping manage and relieve

anterior knee pain. In this post, we'll break down what causes this type of pain and explore how

physiotherapy can help.

Anterior knee pain means feeling discomfort around the front of your knee, especially near the

kneecap. Sometimes it's called patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS). It can happen for

different reasons, like muscle imbalances, the kneecap not moving correctly, overuse, or an


To figure out the best way to help with knee pain, a physiotherapist will ask about your pain,

check how your body moves, test your muscles, and look at how you do everyday activities.

Knowing what's causing the pain helps them create a plan just for you. There are several

approaches to treatment that may be part of your treatment plan:

Getting Stronger

Physiotherapists will give you exercises to make your muscles stronger. This would usually

encompass exercises that target muscles across your whole lower body, including the

quadriceps, glutes, hamstrings, and calves. This can help your knee feel more stable and

reduce pain.


Tight muscles around your knee can add to the pain. Stretching exercises can make your

muscles more flexible, making it easier for your knee to move without hurting. This may also

include other options like using a foam roller or a massage ball for symptom relief.

Support with Taping or Bracing

Sometimes, using special tape or a brace can give your knee extra support. Often, the

technique physiotherapists use is called McConnell taping. This can be really helpful, especially

during activities that usually make your knee hurt.

You can see the youtube video tape here

Fixing How You Move

Physiotherapists look at how you walk and move. If they see anything that might be making

your knee hurt more, they'll show you how to do things differently to help your knee. An example of this can be assessing the way you squat or lunge to see if this is contributing to your pain.

Change Activities

If certain activities make your knee hurt more, your physiotherapist might suggest doing things

a bit differently or finding alternative exercises. They want to make sure you can still stay active

without causing more pain.

Learning and Understanding Your Body

Physiotherapists will explain why your knee might be hurting and what you can do to make it

better. Knowing more about your body helps you be a part of your own recovery.

Managing Pain

Sometimes, using ice or heat can help manage pain and reduce swelling. Your

physiotherapist might also use other tools or techniques to make you feel better.

Physiotherapy is like a guide to help you through anterior knee pain. By working on exercises,

changing how you move, and learning more about your body, physiotherapists help you feel

better and get back to doing what you love. If you're dealing with anterior knee pain, talking to a physiotherapist can make a big difference in your journey to feeling better.

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