What is Knee Physiotherapy?
Knee physiotherapy is the treatment of an injury by physical methods such as massage, heat treatment, and exercise rather than by using drugs or surgery. Your physiotherapist will help you if affected by injury, illness or disability through movement and exercise, manual therapy, education and advice. They will maintain health for people of all ages, helping patients to manage pain and prevent disease.
Knee Physiotherapy Exercises
To strengthen the muscles that support your knee and keep them flexible, start exercising slowly and build up over time. Talk to your doctor about which specific exercises are good for you. A simple strengthening exercise that helps to start off with is straight leg raises. This move will put very little strain on the knee. Another exercise that is great for building up the strength in your knee is wall squats. Each time you do the position; try to hold it for a longer time. Calf rises, step-ups, side leg rises and leg presses are also extremely beneficial.
Exercise should never cause pain so if you experience sharp, shooting, or sudden pain in the muscles or joints you should stop and check with your physiotherapist.
Gentle knee-friendly Cardio is also a good thing to help your injury. Do not do high-impact activities such as running or intense aerobics. Swimming, jogging in water, or water aerobics is often very helpful. Double-check with your doctor about your exercise plan.
Is this for me?
Knee physiotherapy can be helpful for people of all ages with a wide range of health conditions and problems affecting the bones and joints. A lot of benefits come with physiotherapy such as reducing or eliminating pain, avoiding surgery, improving mobility, recovering from or preventing any sports injuries, improving your balance and managing age-related issues.
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