Hips and knees are major load bearing joints in our body. They are designed to effectively take repeated loading, however, when we have pain in these joints, weight bearing activities can become difficult and unpleasant. Arthritis is also a common reason for hip pain. The research is telling us physiotherapy should be the first line of treatment before hip or knee surgery.
The Knee is a ‘hinge’ joint, with ligaments inside and around the knee giving added strength and stability, as well as extra padding, called meniscus, between the bones. On top of the joint is the kneecap, called patella, which is embedded in the quadriceps muscle. Research has shown that loading of the knee is beneficial as it helps to strengthen the cartilage, ligaments and muscles around the knee.
Knee pain can come from trauma or wear and tear.