Osteoarthritis - Been told you have knee osteoarthritis? We can help! Exercise truly works wonders for this type of problem. Strengthening your thigh and hip muscles, along with weight loss and activity modification can often bring you a new lease to life.
Meniscal (cartilage) problems. You have extra cartilage discs which help with the fit of your joint and reduce friction. You have a medial (inner) and lateral (outer) meniscus in each knee. Twisting injuries are often causes in younger and sporty people, but innocuous tasks can be a trigger in people over the age of 40 due to degenerative ‘tears’, or wear over time. Rehabilitation has been shown to be as effective as surgery in an older meniscal problem! Though a big tear will require surgical trimming or repair, followed by rehabilitation!
Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury. The ACL is a diagonal ligament inside your knee between your femur and tibia. It helps to prevent excess movement between the bones. It can be strained and become lax, or be completely torn (ruptured), mostly during a sporting activity. A complete tear generally needs surgical reconstruction in order to return to jumping or bounding sports, but a lax ligament responds very well to rehabilitation without the need for surgery in less sporty people.
Medial / lateral ligament problems. The medial (inner) and lateral (outer) ligaments run either side of your knee and help to prevent excess movement between the bones. They are often injured when you have twisted your knee with a foot fixed on the floor, and vary in severity from being minimally sprained (Grade I) up to a rupture (Grade III). Managed correctly both normally respond well to treatment and rehabilitation.