The knee is the largest joint in your body.
It is made up of four main things: bones, ligaments, cartilage and tendons. The knee bends and straightens and has a small amount of rotation to allow for day to day activities.
Most of the time there is a very simple explanation for knee pain.
If you’ve overdone it while exercising pain is usually caused by strained or inflamed soft tissues, such as joint surface or tendons and it often clears up within a few days to weeks.
As you get older, pain in your knee can flare up now and again, often for no reason.
If you have previously had a partial or full knee replacement and have developed new or unusual knee pain several years after having the operation please arrange an appointment to discuss with your GP.
If you’ve fallen and/or twisted your knee and it becomes immediately swollen, your knee has locked (your unable to move it at all because it is stuck) and your finding it difficult to put weight on your leg you may need to see a doctor.
You should urgently call CAV247 on 0300 1020247 to arrange an appointment slot in A&E, as there is a small possibility of a bone or ligament injury.
Keeping active is an essential part of your treatment and recovery and is the single best thing you can do for your health.
It’s recommended you stay at or return to work as quickly as possible during your recovery.
You don’t need to be pain and symptom-free to return to work.
If you would like advice about medication or other methods of pain relief to help you to manage your pain better speak to your community pharmacist.
Pain medication can help to reduce pain and help you to move more comfortably, which can aid your recovery.
When taking pain medication it is important to take it regularly.
If during the video you are experiencing significant pain please stop the video and seek advice from your GP.
Please refer to following video if you are experiencing some problems with your knee:
OAK Knee – A 90 minute group session to help you to understand Osteoarthritis and the choices available to you to best manage the condition.