This is the first question people typically ask when they come in to our practice with knee pain but the better question is probably is there something wrong with my knee?
Not all pain means damage or disease but our very first job is establishing do you have anything to worry about; and whether you do or you don’t, what is the best way forward for you?
So how do we work out what’s going on with your knee pain?
We start with a regular, stock standard injury history and orthopedic & neurological assessment that involves pushing and pulling on a heap of different anatomical structures like muscles and tendons and ligaments. This is to work out what sort of pain you likely have and to see if we can isolate where the pain might be coming from but that doesn’t tell us a heap about why this might be happening or how we’re best to try and change it.
To work these things out we’ll combine what we know from your history and conventional exam with a functional assessment of how you load the knee in various everyday movements like squats, lunges and hops.
This video gives you a little sneak peek of some of the things we might look at when assessing your knee so you have an idea of what we’re looking at when we examine you.