Knee pain is a common problem in people of all ages. It can develop as the result of an accident or injury, such as a cartilage tear or ligament sprain. Knee pain can also develop due to infection or chronic conditions, including osteoarthritis and gout.
Knee pain can be caused by injury, infection and several medical conditions.
Knee pain can be uncomfortable and can make it difficult to work, exercise and get around. If your knee pain affects your mobility and quality of life, the experienced doctors at Virtually Healthcare can provide advice, investigation and treatment to reduce pain and restore movement.
The main symptom is, of course, pain – but knee pain can be associated with many other problems. These include:
Virtually Healthcare is an innovative GP practice, providing expert care in the comfort, safety and privacy of your home. The Virtually Healthcare service is designed to fit with modern lives. Consultations are easy to access, discreet and convenient with virtual appointments available seven days a week.
The highly-skilled team includes more than 40 clinicians working together to investigate and treat disease and help you optimise your health and wellbeing. As well as GPs, the team includes physiotherapists, practice nurses and sexual health specialists to offer a comprehensive primary care service.
During the pandemic, many patients are finding it more difficult to access Healthcare. Virtually Healthcare provides rapid access video or telephone appointments; with consultations available the same day if you contact us before 3 pm. Our clinicians can provide professional assessment and advice, arrange investigations, prescribe treatment or arrange for a face-to-face review.
At Virtually Healthcare, our focus is on you. Our patients can make an appointment with one of our experienced physiotherapists without a GP referral. The physios can arrange scans and tests. They will work with a Virtually doctor to arrange that a prescription is sent directly to your local pharmacy.
Many causes of knee pain can be eased with self-help measures. Physiotherapy, knee supports and over-the-counter anti-inflammatories can also help manage minor knee injuries and arthritis.
Virtually Healthcare has two physiotherapists as part of our multi-disciplinary team. Your time is valuable. Physiotherapists are specialists in treating muscle, bone and joint conditions, making them the best professionals to assess and treat your knee, unless you have suffered an injury.
You can book an appointment with one of our physiotherapists without the need for a GP referral. They have extensive experience and expertise in the evaluation and treatment of knee pain. They will:
Make an appointment with one of the doctors at Virtually Healthcare if your knee is significantly affecting your mobility and quality of life. It’s particularly important to seek expert assessment and advice if you can’t put weight on your knee, the knee is hot, red and swollen, you feel feverish or generally unwell, you’ve noticed a deformity, or your knee is unstable and giving way.
Your doctor will talk to you about your symptoms and suggest investigation and treatment based on their expert assessment. This could include:
The government’s recommendation to exercise daily together with limits to other activities has meant we see many more sports injuries in our clinics. Knee pain is one of the most common problems we treat in joggers and runners. Runner’s knee is a group of problems affecting the structures in and around the knee joint; medically, it is often known as patellofemoral pain syndrome.
People suffering from runner’s knee can experience:
Overuse injuries usually cause runner’s knee. It’s made worse by unsupportive footwear and not warming up. You’re more at risk if you have hypermobility, weak or unbalanced thigh muscles or a condition called chondromalacia patella, in which the cartilage under the kneecap degenerates.
If you have knee pain:
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We offer written, telephone and video consultations with a range of male and female clinicians from GPs, nurse practitioners, and primary care specialists such as physiotherapy.