FAQs – Knee Pain

June 2, 2017 | By | Reply

– Dr. Indrayani Harchekar

My doctor says there is a gap in my knee, can it get better?

The gap in your knee on your x-ray is because of cartilage erosion. It cannot be reversed but the pain caused because of it can be reduced or treated with physiotherapy and medicines.

Can I sit crossed-legged on the floor?

Given your knee condition it is advisable to avoid sitting crossed-legged or on the floor to prevent irritation of the knee cap.

Can I cycle and what type of a cycle can I use?

Yes, you can use a stationary recline cycle once your pain has settled down .

Can I go swimming? What style is good for me?

Yes, swimming will be the safest form of cardio you can do. In fact you can try out aqua aerobics in the pool too. Water supports your body weight, so there is no load on your knees. Free style swimming is advisable.

Is it okay if I squat to mop the floor or use an Indian toilet?

No. Squatting to do mopping, or using an Indian toilet, puts your knee under great stress in extreme positions and therefore avoidable.

Can I do surya namaskars/yoga/aerobics/dance/stepper exercises?

Surya namaskar can be modified to avoid knee bending or those steps can be skipped. The same applies for any other yoga asana. Props can be used to modify the asanas. Stepper exercises or dance are high impact exercises that can worsen your knee pain and therefore are better avoided.

My knee stiffens up at night, what can I do to avoid this discomfort?

You could use a pillow between your knees while sleeping. If that doesn’t help, you probably need to get it checked by your physiotherapist.

Does oil massage/balms help?

Yes, at times it helps, though, only temporarily.

Will I eventually need surgery or knee replacement?

That depends on how bad your knee condition is, and what your orthopedic doctor has to say.

Can I lead a normal life without undergoing a knee replacement?

In most cases, conservative physiotherapy management can help you lead a near normal life without having to undergo a replacement. But, it varies from patient to patient, and their life goals and demands.

How can physiotherapy help me?

In physiotherapy we can work on managing your pain, improving the muscle strength of your legs, hips and improving your balance and gait.

We at PhysioRehab treat all kinds of knee pain with a customized plan of care for each patient. We provide conservative physiotherapy treatment for osteoarthritis, as well as rehabilitation for post operative knee replacements.

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