Effective treatment for any knee condition is based on accurate diagnosis.
Physiotherapists are experts in musculoskeletal diagnosis and will help determine the cause of your knee pain.
Once the cause of your knee pain is determined this will help to guide your treatment.
Physiotherapy can be effective for almost all knee conditions.
Common conditions that are seen at the clinic are anterior patellofemoral pain, acute knee injuries including ACL and collateral ligaments injuries, ITBFS and tendinopathy.
Where physiotherapy will not be effective is for any rare and systemic causes of knee pain such as infection or cancers. Otherwise there are many ways that a physiotherapist can assist you to having a pain free knee.
Your physiotherapist will be able to determine whether a scan is necessary.
A scan is often ordered for one of two reasons.
The first is to help determine the cause of pain, especially where the diagnosis is unclear and two possible options are likely. This will help to confirm diagnosis and help guide management.
The second reason is whether the outcomes are likely to change your management. For instance if there is any structural damage is suspected such as an ACL tear or meniscal tear then a scan may be ordered to determine whether another health professional such as a surgeon is required to help guide management.
If it is unlikely that a specialist review is necessary then your physiotherapist may choose to continue with conservative management.
There will be times where you will need to be referred on to a specialist. Your physiotherapist will be able to guide you to the health professional that you require, whether it be a sports physician or a surgeon.
If you have any further questions, feel free to contact us here at Melbourne Sports Physiotherapy and we can help guide you to determine the best knee pain treatment for you.