Suffering from knee pain?

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Physiotherapy for knee pain

At our Response Physio & Sports Therapy clinics located across the UK, we specialise in treatment for musculoskeletal conditions. These conditions include everything from a knee sprain to a meniscus tear, runners knee, dislocation and knee ligament damage.

Knee pain is a very common issue, and can present itself due to a number of different causes. It can  range from a dull, aching pain in the knee to a sharp sudden pain. This can significantly affect one’s ability to walk, play sports or carry out daily activities. Knee pain can occur following an accident or injury, or can simply occur without any particular explanation or cause.

How can physiotherapy help knee pain?

Our team of advanced physiotherapists and sports injury specialists, located at our 17 clinical locations nationwide, are experienced in treating mild to chronic knee conditions. We will complete a full physio assessment and create a personalised knee rehabilitation program designed around you.

Your assigned Chartered physiotherapist will combine their in-depth knowledge of the body and how it works with effective hands-on clinical skills, to provide you with the best physio for knee pain. Depending on the type of condition, the root and your desired goals, we will devise a personalised treatment plan to get you back to feeling yourself again.

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The best way to treat knee pain and improve your symptoms is to undertake a series of tailored rehabilitation methods as set by a specialist knee physiotherapist. This personalised plan may include strengthening and stretching exercises, the use of orthoses to support your foot arch, as well as other treatments such as knee taping.

Some people believe that wearing a knee brace or support following an injury will help your recovery, however, it is just not enough to train the muscles or address the cause. In fact, it can encourage the knee muscles to become weaker. It cannot be used as a solution instead of physio treatment. Keeping active is an important part of your treatment and will help with your recovery in the majority of cases.

During our appointments with you, we may use a wide range of treatments and techniques to help relieve your knee pain. In addition, we may offer advice on looking after your injury. Our expert knee Physiotherapists may suggest treatments such as a program of exercises to help stretch, strengthen and stabilise the muscles around the knee and hips. They may also suggest taping of the kneecap or biomechanical analysis of the foot and gait analysis.

Whether you are looking for treatment following a total knee replacement, physio for a torn meniscus, Osgood Schlatter’s physio or help with an undiagnosed condition affecting the knee, our personalised physio treatment care plans will help you get back on track. Learn how to alleviate knee pain at home before your appointment with ‘Understanding Knee Pain and How To Manage It’, including a video of knee physiotherapy exercises.


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Main causes of knee pain

Knee injuries and disorders are actually more common than you may think, but their root cause can only be determined on a case-to-case basis. It is important to get an accurate diagnosis of the cause through a thorough physio assessment, so the treatment provided can be directed to the origin. Knee pain can occur due to a range of different reasons, the main causes being; soft tissue injury (muscle strains and ligament damage), bone conditions (Osgood Schlatters Disease, osteoarthritis) and genetic disorders (Patellofemoral Syndrome). The sciatic nerve can even cause issues with knee pain. If you have an old knee injury that wasn’t properly treated, it may flare up occasionally or hurt all the time.

There are many potential causes of knee pain including:

  • Injury of the muscles and/or ligaments
  • Strains and tears
  • Fractures
  • Torn cartilage
  • Meniscus tears
  • Runners knee
  • Dislocated kneecap
  • Tendinitis
  • IT (iliotibial) band syndrome
  • Osgood-Schlatters disease
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Patellar tendinitis
  • Patellofemoral pain syndrome
  • Bursitis


The knee is one of the most common body parts to become injured, sometimes you may know the reason for the onset of pain, and other times it may be unclear. The symptoms and signs of knee issues are related to the type of condition or injury, and the part of the knee affected. If you experience any of the following symptoms of knee pain, book an appointment today.

Common symptoms of knee problems include:

  • Mild to chronic knee pain
  • Swelling and stiffness
  • Redness and warm/hot to the touch
  • Tenderness and bruising
  • Difficulty bending or straightening the knee
  • Inability to bear weight on your knee or feel as if your knee is unstable or gives out
  • Clicking, crunching or popping sounds
  • Locking or buckling of the knee
  • Feeling of instability

The above symptoms need to be properly assessed by an experienced Physiotherapist, who can diagnose the cause of your knee pain and provide the most appropriate treatment, management and advice.


The plan for your recovery will depend on your specific knee problem. You may undertake a series of physiotherapy exercises and treatments to make your knee better, but what can you do to help before your physio appointments?

Please note: These are not permanent solutions.

  • Rest your knee – avoid any intense activity.
  • Hold ice on your knee for 15-20 minutes every 3-4 hours.
  • Compress your knee, use a bandage, strap or sleeve to hold the joint.
  • Sit or lie down and elevate your knee with a pillow under your heel.
  • Take anti-inflammatories such as ibuprofen (follow instructions on the label)

for Knee Pain?

We are one of the UK’s leading providers of musculoskeletal (MSK) physiotherapy in the leisure, NHS, and corporate wellbeing markets.

Response Physio & Sports Therapy delivers high-quality physiotherapy to patients across the UK. With a network of clinics, a team of qualified Physiotherapists and Sports Therapists, we can offer a choice of clinics near you and personalised treatment plans to get you feeling better faster.

We offer flexible opening hours to suit busy lifestyles including early and late appointments, Saturday clinics, and remote clinics. There are no waiting lists and appointments are often available within 24 hours. We accept NHS referrals, self-pay, and all major private health insurers, including AXA, BUPA, and Medico-legal.

We have 17 physio clinics within 15 locations that offer treatment for knee pain:








What is the recovery time for my knee injury?

The recovery time for your knee injury will depend on a number of factors, including the severity of your condition, the cause of your issue and personal factors – some people just heal faster than others. Your knee physiotherapy will work on healing and strengthening your knee at your own pace, because it is really important to make sure you don’t rust things. Do not try and push yourself to return to your usual physical activity or sports activities until your physiotherapist says you can.

How to prevent knee pain and injury?

It is humanly impossible to prevent all injuries, but there are steps you can take to make them less likely. You should stop exercising if you feel pain or discomfort in your knee. If you are working out and want to step up the intensity, always do it gradually, making sure to thoroughly stretch your legs before and after. Being overweight can really affect your knees, as there is more stress on your joints. Make sure to keep fit, inactivity and lack of exercise can make your body structures weak; keep your thigh/leg muscles strong with regular stretching and strengthening exercises.

What are the best knee physiotherapy exercises?

Our physiotherapists will cover the best strengthening exercises for your knees during your physio appointments. We also have some videos of effective and easy to follow physiotherapy and rehabilitation knee pain exercises for you to do at home or in the gym. View our video exercises for knee pain.


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