Knee, Calf or Shins

The Knee, Calf and Shins can suffer a variety of pain and injuries. Here are the most frequently asked questions. For further information and to book an appointment to treat your lower limb injury, call us on 97839990.

Common Issues

Osgood Schlatters Disease

Osgood Schlatters is a complication of growing too fast. As our bodies grow during rapid growth periods, the bones have a tendency to grow too fast for the surrounding muscles, ligaments and other soft tissues.

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Knee Arthritus

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of knee arthritis. Osteoarthritis can be very painful and is considered a progressive disease. In most cases medical management can help slow the progression of osteoarthritis and many studies have shown that appropriate management including specific exercises can increase function and decrease pain.

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Jumper Knee

Patella Tendinopathy (commonly known as Jumpers Knee) is the medical name for a condition that causes pain in the tendon underneath the knee cap

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Knee Ligament

The Medial and Lateral Ligaments are situated on the inside (medial) and outside (lateral) of your knee. They both contribute to knee stability especially in an active knee in preventing sideways movement of the knee. They also assist to a lesser degree in preventing pivoting of your knee.

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Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury

The Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) is an important ligament that is located inside your knee.

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Calf Strain

The calf complex is made up of two muscles, Gastrocnemius and Soleus. Calf strains or tears can be minor and you can continue with a shorter walking stride, or can render you unable to walk.

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Cartilage Injury of the Knee

The cartilage, or meniscus are 2 ‘C’shaped shock absorbers that are placed either side of your knee and assist in providing cushioning and also some stability for your knee joint.

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Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome

Patello-Femoral Syndrome is the medical name for a condition that causes the pain in and around the front of the knee. The patella (kneecap) is designed to move smootly within a ready made groove on the femur (thigh bone)

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Shin Splints

Shin splints are caused from inflammation in the tissue where tendon or muscle attaches to bone. Shin splints commonly occur due to overuse or overload of the muscle, tendon and/or bone junction.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is an Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injury?

The Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) is an important ligament that is located inside your knee. It is essential for knee stability especially in an active knee and it often injured in a pivoting, twisting or landing injury with the foot fixed on the ground. Your may hear a ‘crack’ or feel a ‘pop’ inside your knee.

How Long Will Shin Splints Last?

An acute simple shin splints episode can settle and you can return to sport if a concerted program has been completed over 2-4 weeks as guided by our Practitioners. If your Practitioner finds that there are contributing factors from your hip or foot mechanics then recovery may take longer and a program may need to be followed for your complete recovery and to avoid further episodes.

What Are The Symptoms of Knee Arthritis?

The main signs and symptoms of knee arthritis are loss of range or motion at the knee joint such as difficulty squatting, kneeling and climbing in or out of the car. Some symptoms also include loss of strength and pain in or around the knee when weight bearing.

What Is Osgood Schlatters Disease?

Osgood Schlatters is a complication of growing too fast. As our bodies go thorugh rapid growth periods, the bones have a tendency to grow too fast for the surrounding muscles, ligaments and other soft tissues. As a result there can be increased forces that occur to certain areas of tendon/muscle attachment resulting in pain, inflammation and sometimes swelling.

What Are The First Steps in Managing A Knee Injury?

Commencing Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation (RICE). The use of crutches is important if unable to weight bear without pain. We recomment a Physiotherapist assessment as soon as possible to assist in diagnosing your Knee Injury.

Whatever stage you’re at, we’re ready to help.

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