Role of Physiotherapist in Treating Knee Joint Pain

Alleviate Physiotherapy is the home of joint pain relief. We cater special care to see that you are pain free and with restored mobility and healing.

A quick sprint and a twisted knee? Got knee replacement done recently? Have a knee swelling that just won’t go? Look no further, with our guided therapy session and experienced physiotherapists in action – we will alleviate your knee pain.

What is Knee Pain?

Knee pain is a self-explanatory term. It is a pain that someone feels in their knee that can be caused by several traumas/injuries. It can either be chronic (lasting a long time) or acute (only lasts for a few days). Usually with knee pain there are five main symptoms.

Symptoms of Knee Pain

  1. Swelling
  2. Redness
  3. Weakness
  4. Popping Noise
  5. Not able to straighten knee
  6. Knee give out/buckle

What are the Causes of Knee Pain?

Knee pain can be caused by injuries, mechanical issues, and arthritis. There are many injuries that can occur that affect the knee joint directly and will cause pain within the knee and swelling around it. They usually affect the ligaments, tendons, and bursae (fluid-filled sacs that act as lubricant).

Other Knee Injuries

  1. ACL Injury (the ligament behind knee tears)
  2. Fractures (bone breaking which causes instability)
  3. Meniscus Tear (the knees “shock absorber”)
  4. Knee Bursitis (Bursa: fluid filled pouch which acts as a cushion)
  5. Patellar Tendinitis (tendon inflammation)

All these conditions cause extreme to moderate pain within the knee and make it difficult for one to function in their daily lives. Apart from these issues, there are mechanical issues that might be the cause of knee pain.

Mechanical Issues leading to Knee Pain

Sports massage is a way to maintain the body and make sure that it is healthy. It allows your body to be in the best condition possible, prevents injuries, loss of mobility, relieves pain and tension, and boosts athletic performance. It allows athletes to be more flexible and to make sure their muscles are strong and sturdy. This technique is especially beneficial for those who are into outdoor sporting activities. A quick Sports Massage before or after a long weekend of Skiing will have you back to the slopes in no time at all.

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  1. Loose body (can make knee act like a pencil caught in door hinge)
  2. Dislocated Kneecap (patella, the kneecap bone, moves out of place)
  3. Hip/Foot Pain (can put more stress on your knee)

Arthritic Changes leading to Knee Pain

  1. Osteoarthritis (degenerative, the cartilage crumbles away as life goes on)
  2. Rheumatoid Arthritis (autoimmune condition that can affect any joint in your body)

Risk Factors of Knee Pain

There are many different risk factors that can increase someone’s chances of developing knee pain that might be chronic or acute.

  1. Excess weight

    • Increases stress on knee joint 
    • Increases risk of osteoarthritis
  2. Lack of Muscle Flexibility and/or Strength

    • Increases risk of knee injuries
    • Strong muscles stabilize joints and flexibility allows for full range of motion
  3. Sports and Occupations

    • Certain sports and jobs can put extra unneeded stress on knees
    • Repetitive stress on knees
  4. Previous Injury

    • More likely to hurt yourself again

How can Physiotherapy help?

Physiotherapy will help to identify root cause and find the impairment in muscle, joint and nerve. It will also strengthen the muscles around the knee and make it more stable. Our expert therapists will help you make a personal treatment plan for your needs. They will prescribe you the best exercises that will use the triangular approach of addressing Joint, Muscle and Nerve for a long-lasting and permanent solution.

Whether it’s an occupational job or a sport that you play, our physiotherapist will teach you better ways to use your knees, so that your daily normal is not painful. They will also teach you exercises to improve your flexibility and your balance.

Our Custom Braces that are needed during the early phase of rehabilitation to stabilize the joint and protect it from further damage – allowing the healing process to speed up. These braces are specially selected for each individual’s body type and movement range so that they can help relieve knee pain and adjust their posture – alleviating pain and removing the need to strain or put undue stress on your joints.

We believe in educating all our clients so that they can have a wholesome improvement. Some of these exercises are:

Common Exercises for Knee Pain

  1. Quad sets
  2. Straight Leg Raises
  3. Hip Exercises
  4. Balance Exercises
  5. Lower Extremity Exercises


Our Physiotherapists are trained in many specialized procedures that can further assist clients in their journey to a pain-free life. Some of these treatment and diagnostic modules, while in the clinic can consist of the following:

Additional Techniques to cure Knee Pain

  • Manual Mobilization with Movement (MWM by Mulligan)
  • Neuro Functional Electrical Stimulation/Electrotherapy (improved muscle strength for everyday functions)
  • Cupping Therapy (increases blood flow and promotes healing)
  • Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM)/Graston (breaking of scar tissue for enhanced healing)
  • Kinesiology Taping (alters the stress force and biomechanics of the joint to promote healing)


Still wondering if physiotherapy is helpful or not? Let’s be honest, many of us are unaware of these conditions and have many questions in our mind. People often get scared of taking any therapy or they don’t consider therapy based intervention as the best way to treat knee pain. However, this cannot be further from the truth.

Such clients end up suffering from knee joint pain for a long time, and in many cases acute pain turns into a chronic condition. If you belong to the same group of clients, don’t worry – we have you covered!

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We have an open-door policy for all clients. For this purpose, we have a 15-minute free consultation period where our experts will analyze your problems and give you quick fixes to your solution.

Have doubts – simply call us for a Free Consultation in any of the following pain symptoms.

Key Indicators for Knee Pain

  1. Knee pain
  2. Not being able to walk properly
  3. Not being able to stand for long
  4. Knee crepitus (There is knee crack when we fold the leg)
  5. Not being able to sit on floor
  6. Not being able to sit cross legged

What follows a Knee Pain therapy session?

The physiotherapist shall take a complete history and will conduct an examination, assessment, and run some diagnostic tests. After all the necessary things the physiotherapist will share the findings with the client – the one who was in pain for so long and ignored it, and that’s why they were diagnosed with something like Knee Arthritis. In most cases, clients go to the physiotherapist after their pain gets to an unbearable point.

At Alleviate Physiotherapy – Etobicoke, we advise all our clients to not ignore their pain and consult a physiotherapist as soon as possible. Miracles don’t happen from thin air – they are a voluntary process where the healer and the client both are ready to undergo treatment and heal.

Need a knee-miracle? Want a pain free life?

At Alleviate Physiotherapy – Etobicoke, your wellness is our duty. We will alleviate your pain and improve your quality of life through scientific treatment modules that will improve your mobility and enhance your daily performance.

Your healthcare is our priority. Knee Pain? Come down to our rehabilitation center and get moving!

Have any doubts get your answers now by talking to our therapist

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