Knee Pain2023-04-27T22:02:21+00:00

Knee Pain

Wobbly knees or knobbly knees, we’re here to help.

The knee joint is one of the largest and most complex joints in the body, consisting of bones, muscles, ligaments and cartilage.

As they allow us to perform so many different movements and activities, they are also particularly vulnerable to pain or damage as they take all or most our body weight alongside any external forces when we walk, run, jump or twist. Knee pain can be linked to poor movement patterns, muscle weakness, poor mobility, poor stability or structural damage from either an internal or external force.

What type of knee pain do you have?

We see lots of different types of knee pain. From childhood issues like Osgood-Schlatters, to traumatic ligament injuries and all the way to osteoarthritic knee joints. We help patients before and after joint replacement or reconstruction surgery. We even see patients with those little niggles that keep you off the playing field, out of the gym or from completing that long ultra marathon training.


Patella/knee dislocation

Patella dislocations occur when the kneecap laterally shifts leaving the groove that it sits within in the knee joint potentially causing the tissues surrounding it to be torn or stretched.


Ligament injuries

The Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), Posterior cruciate ligament (PCL), Medial collateral ligament (MCL) and the Lateral collateral ligament (LCL) help support and stabilise the knee joint. Injury to these structures can cause pain, instability or reduced mobility.


Tendinopathy, tendonitis, tendinosis

These pathologies include injury to the tendons around the knee, which are fibrous connective tissues that attach muscles to bones. This can be caused by repetitive strain, trauma or overloading these structures during specific activities. Resting can allow for freedom of pain, however a structured, guided exercise programme is needed to help for return to sport/activities.


Meniscal tear

A meniscus tear is an injury to your meniscus which is very common. Your meniscus is cartilage within the knee joint that acts as a shock absorber and allows for smooth movement. These injuries usually occur from trauma/sports injuries or can result from wear and tear.


Osgood-Schlatter’s disease

Osgood-Schlatter’s is a common pathology within adolescents, presenting with anterior knee pain with swelling or inflammation with no trauma and an insidious onset. It is associated with sports or activities with a lot of sprinting, jumping or dynamic movements.

Treatments we recommend for knee pain

Your Head2Toe Physio will carry out a thorough assessment, looking at what you can do, what you can’t do and whether there’s anything that should be of greater concern. Most knee issues resolve if dealt with sensibly. A combination of exercise therapy and manual therapy often proves helpful. Combined with a little education on what’s happening and why, things can often improve pretty quickly.

Our frequently asked questions about knee pain?

What are the most common causes of knee pain?2023-04-27T16:33:31+00:00

Knee pain can be caused by a variety of factors, including injuries, overuse, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and other conditions that affect the knee joint. At Head2Toe Physio, we see a range of patients, including those with arthritic knees who can’t get down stairs, skiers after ACL injury, footballers with meniscal injuries, youngsters with Patella pain and many more!

How do you diagnose the cause of my knee pain?2023-04-27T16:35:22+00:00

At Head2Toe Physio, our physiotherapists will perform a thorough assessment. They will take a medical history and listen to what your problem is, how long it’s been there and what makes it better and worse. They’ll perform a  physical examination.

For sporting patients, they might examine any videos or pictures of your sporting technique. For those with pain on running, they will likely watch you running to see if anything in your gait pattern might be contributing to your pain.

For those with diagnostic imaging (such as X-rays or MRIs), we will go through your scan reports with you and try to determine the underlying cause of your knee pain.

What are the best treatments for knee pain?2023-04-27T16:36:32+00:00

Our Head2Toe Physiotherapists have a range of treatment options for your knee pain. These may include manual therapy, exercise therapy, electrotherapy, education on sporting technique, posture and ergonomics, and modalities such as ultrasound or TENS. We will develop a personalized treatment plan based on your specific needs and goals.

Can physiotherapy help me avoid knee surgery?2023-04-27T16:37:44+00:00

At Head2Toe Physio we see lots of patients who are understandably keen to avoid surgery. They’re often sent by local doctors and consultants who think that surgery should be avoided at this particular time.

In many cases, physiotherapy can be effective in reducing pain, improving function, and delaying or avoiding the need for surgery. Our goal is to help you regain mobility and improve your quality of life without the need for invasive procedures.

Can I still exercise if I have knee pain?2023-07-14T17:05:18+00:00

It depends on the cause and severity of your knee pain. Our physiotherapists will work with you to develop an exercise plan that is safe and appropriate for your specific condition, and can help you maintain your fitness while you recover.

Which clinics do you treat Knee Pain at?2023-04-27T22:12:31+00:00

You’ll be pleased to hear that you can get your knee pain treated at any of our 3 clinics in Surrey and West Sussex.

At Dorking and Leatherhead, our clinics are based in sports centres with fantastic access to gym facilities and ample room to get you back up to full fitness. At Crawley, we have a modern physio clinic with our own rehab studio, all set to return you back to what you want to do, as quickly and effectively as possible.

How can I prevent knee pain from recurring?2023-04-27T16:39:45+00:00

At Head2Toe Physio, our physiotherapists will provide education and guidance on techniques to prevent hip pain from recurring, such as maintaining good posture, using proper body mechanics, and staying active. We may also provide exercises to strengthen the muscles supporting the hip joint and improve flexibility.

Get help from Head2Toe Physio

Knee pain, whether it is mild or severe, acute or chronic, can have a major impact on your life. At Head2Toe Physio, our team is committed to helping you find relief and prevent further issues. To find out how we can help you, contact us today!

Dawn H

I would like everyone to know how amazing Mel’s treatment at Head2Toe Physio has been for me.  I suffer from really bad migraines and doctors were unable to help.  With Mel’s treatment I’ve gone from having them every week, to one in every two months. When I had one before it could last a week, they were unbearable. Hopefully this will get less as time goes on with the exercises and treatments.

Dawn H

Jean-Pierre Blazek

When referring my clients, I want to make sure they’re getting the best service possible and with Head2Toe Physio I know they’re in very good hands. I have referred to Sam Bowden and his team in Dorking since 2009 and I find them to be extremely knowledgeable, approachable and professional. They are an extremely valuable resource for me and we work well together in improving clients throughout the rehabilitation phase, helping them to get back to being injury and pain free

Jean-Pierre Blazek, Personal Trainer, Fitness by JP

Steve Wells

I have known and worked with Sam Bowden for almost 20 years and I have the utmost respect for his and his colleagues’ knowledge and expertise.

Steve Wells, Director, Epsom Footcare

Sophie Roberts

I have worked with Head2Toe Physio for many years now and I have been impressed with the excellent clinical skills and professional way they manage my patients

Sophie Roberts, Director The Gaitlab

Sophia Warner

I have been working with Sam and the clinic for a number of years. As a Paralympic athlete with high expectations and lots of complications, it has always been critical that I find someone who is knowledgeable and trustworthy. I introduced Sam to British Athletics who then approved him to work with me in the lead up to 2012. It was great to have such expertise on my doorstep and they were so flexible, always fitting me in when I had an ache or a pain.

Sophia Warner, Commercial Director, UK Athletics and T35 100, 200m Paralympian

John Kelting

I have seen a number of physio’s and other medical professionals for sports injuries over many years, and have found Sam to be at the very top in terms of quality. Accurate diagnosis, excellent treatment, and a clear path back to fitness which has enabled me to resume activity quickly without causing any setback in recovery time. Given my positive experience, I have referred my daughter and sister at different times to Sam for different problems, and they have been delighted with how they have been treated. I would strongly recommend him as a leading professional in his field.

John Kelting, Managing Director Barclays Bank

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