Patellar Tendon Pain

Patellar Tendinopathy is most commonly characterised by pain localised to the inferior pole of the knee cap and load related pain which increases the demand on the knee extensors. Risk factors include being 15-30 years old, males are affected more than females, involvement in jump/lunging sports and training loads. Pathology occurs because there is an ↑ tenocyte numbers, ↑ ground substance, swelling, matrix degeneration and neovascular growth. Presentation is generally pain localised to the inferior pole of the patella, load related pain (knee extensors). Regional findings sometimes p...
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Do’s And Dont’s of OA Knee Pain

Do: Choose Low-Impact Exercises Low-impact aerobic exercises such as walking, biking, and swimming are considered joint-friendly. They help build strength around the affected joints and keep them aligned and functioning properly. Don’t: Engage in Repetitive, High-Impact Exercises Joint-pounding exercises such as running and tennis can tax your already damaged knees. You stop using your muscle because it hurts, you lose strength, and then your alignment isn’t good either Do: Incorporate Strength and Flexibility Training A fitness plan for osteoarthritis should include strength and fl...
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What is Osteoarthritis?

  Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis. It mostly affects people over the age of 45 years. It involves the degradation and loss of cartilage in joints, which causes joint pain and stiffness. These symptoms lead to reduced activity, which in turn can lead to loss of muscle strength and flexibility, as well as negatively impact on participation and quality of life.   Exercise can help!   There is a well-established base of research evidence that demonstrates clear benefits of exercise for people with osteoarthritis.   Regular low-impact ...
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What you need to know about knee braces!

Knee braces are supports to be worn when you have pain in your knee. Some people use them to prevent knee injuries during sports. Braces are made from combinations of metal, foam, plastic, or elastic material and straps. Scientific research hasn’t given a clear answer but there are different reasons for their use.ellness - Functional braces These give support to knees that have been injured in the past. Clients often wear them after a major injury has healed. They stabilize the knee and control motion to prevent another injury. - Rehabilitative braces These are usually used for ...
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Meniscus injuries are common but what is the appropriate management?

What indicates conservative or surgical management pathways? The main clinical issue currently is the lack of research regarding the efficacy of arthroscopic meniscal repairs compared to a conservative approach (Englund, Roemer, Hayashi, Crema, & Guermazi, 2012). There is minimal literature regarding clinical prediction rules or protocols which indicate surgery rather than conservative management. There are multiple articles displaying the benefits of physiotherapy following meniscectomy, however only two articles exist (that I'm aware of) comparing surgical and conservative manageme...
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ANTERIOR KNEE PAIN

There is no clear definition of anterior knee pain and patients can present with various symptoms. There may be a functional deficit, crepitus and /or instability. With activities of daily living pain often occurs or worsens when walking down stairs, squatting, depressing the clutch pedal in a car (in the case of left knee pain), wearing high-heeled shoes or sitting for long periods with the knees in a flexed position (‘‘movie sign’’). Patients also experience a certain degree of instability ‘‘in a straight line’’ especially going up and down stairs or ramps. Individuals with overuse ...
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WHAT EXERCISES DO I NEED TO MANAGE MY KNEE PAIN?

In order to manage anterior knee pain you knee to KEEP exercising! Patellofemoral pain can be hard and you won't get better over night. However some people do but in general it should take a minimum of 6 weeks before you will start to see changes. Here are 5 tips to help with you knee pain that specifically target muscles that need to be worked in order to get better. 1) Fire Up the Gluts Most patients we see, tend to have weak or inactive glutes. This causes all sorts of problems at the knee. The primary movers of your legs are the muscles of your hips and thighs. When the muscles o...
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Stuart Turner

Stuart Turner - Physiotherapist   Stuart has been working as a physiotherapist since graduating from Sydney University in 2005. Stuart has a passion for working with athletes and sports injuries and has worked as a physiotherapist with athletes from the junior and amateur level right through to the elite and professional level. Some of the elite teams that Stuart has worked with include: Sydney FC First grade and Youth League, Central Coast Mariners National Youth League, NSWIS Football teams and the Australian U23 Softball team. Stuart currently has an active role in teac...
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Josh Stafford

Joshua Stafford – Physiotherapist, Rozelle Josh is working full time at the Rozelle practice since completing his Masters degree at Curtin University in Perth. Over the past 3 years he has worked for a number of sporting teams including West Perth in the WAFL and Wanneroo in the WA Premier Rugby competition. Josh also has experience working in aged care within residential facilities.
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