Knee Pain Sydney City CBD

Knee Pain can be severely debilitating, hampering that next City to Surf PB, or limiting your ability to walk to and from work. Knee pain can occur gradually with all weight bearing activities, however is much more frequent in runners where it accounts for 20-50% of all running related lower limb injuries1.

Knee pain can occur gradually as a result of inappropriate increases in exercise load (a rushed & sudden ‘ramp up’ in training volumes pre an event), or traumatically from impact, particularly from twisting or pivoting motions – generally with a fixed foot.

Our experienced physiotherapists at Monteith Physio have a longstanding history in treating knee pain – no matter your chosen activity or level. All of our team here have actually experienced knee pain whilst running! There is no better training than to experience and treat the problem 1st hand. In addition to this, our team of physio’s have successfully treated many a weekend warrior, through to elite Rugby League players and Kona Ironman level triathletes.

Signs and Symptoms

Knee Pain is often reported by patients as:

  • A localised tenderness or an indiscriminate deep ache
  • Sharp and pinching pain
  • feeling of clicking or locking
  • sense of giving way or instability, a ‘wobbly’ knee
  • ‘puffy’ knee – Swelling, which can be localised or global

People experiencing knee pain often have great difficulty:

  • Sitting still for long periods of time – ‘movie goers knee’
  • Getting out of a low chair
  • Walking or running, especially down stairs or slopes
  • Squatting or bending
  • Changing direction, due to a sense of giving way or instability
  • Jumping & hoping – Inability to complete regular weight bearing exercise.

Knee Pain can stem from a number of different injury types (overuse vs trauma) and include structures such as:

  • Anterior knee pain, commonly referred to as Patello-femoral Pain Syndrome (PFPS)
  • Meniscal – the cartilaginous disc, the ‘clicky’ knee
  • Ligament – ACL (anterior cruciate), PCL (posterior cruciate), MCL (medial collateral) & LCL (lateral collateral)
  • Tendinopathy – patella/hamstrings
  • Illiotibial Band (ITB)

treating a patient for knee pain

treating a patient for knee pain

Treatment of Knee pain at Monteith Physiotherapy

At Monteith Physio, having all experienced episodes of knee injuries ourselves and being active sporting participants, we understand your pain and are best equipped to assess, diagnose and treat your pain, returning you to your desired activity fitter and faster than ever before.

Your treatment with Monteith Physio will begin with an expert, hands on assessment to identify the pain causing structures in your knee, and provide you with an appropriate and clear diagnosis. We will also detail your current and past training history, along with assessing your functional strength/length and control, identifying key features that would have contributed to your onset of knee pain.

Other Conditions

Whilst we excel in improving patient outcomes in the above mentioned ‘common conditions’, Physiotherapists at Monteith Physio also have a special interest in assessing and treating those ‘hard to find’ injuries. We have a saying around here: ‘make sure you see the injury before it sees you!’

Some of these ‘more obscure’ conditions include:

  • TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint), or ‘Jaw’ Dysfunction
  • Costovertebral, Sternocostal & Sternoclavicular Joint injuries
  • Rib, & Rib Cartilage sprains
  • Sacroiliac Joint (SIJ) Dysfunction
  • Peripheral Neuropathies
  • Labral Tears of the hip & shoulder
  • Hernias
  • Overuse Injuries;
    • ITB Friction/Compression Syndrome
    • Anterior Knee Pain, or, Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome
    • Shin Splints
    • Plantar Fasciitis
    • Tendinopathies of;
      • Achilles tendon
      • Patella tendon
      • Gluteus Medius tendon
      • Hamstrings origin tendon
      • Biceps Femoris tendon
      • Adductor tendons
      • Long Head of Biceps tendon
      • Wrist Extensor & Flexor tendons
    • Bursitis, most commonly at the hip, knee & shoulder
    • Stress Fractures, more commonly in the lower limb
  • Compartment Syndrome
  • Joint Capsule Adhesions & Synovitis
  • Morton’s Neuroma of the Foot
  • Gout
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), & other Chronic pains.



If you are currently suffering with knee pain and are looking for the best health practitioner to help you get back on track, don’t hesitate to call Kate on 9252 2433 to book an appointment today.

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1. Van Gent R., Siem D., van Middelkoop M., van Os A., Bierma-Zeinstra S., Koes B. (2007)Incidence and determinants of lower extremity running injuries in long distance runners: A systematic review. British Journal of Sports Medicine 41, 469-480