Physiotherapy for Acute Knee Injuries

There’s nothing worse than landing awkwardly on the basketball court, making a quick turn in your touch game, or twisting in the soft sand and feeling something ‘go’ in your knee. There is usually some instantaneous pain which may or may not continue, and often it is difficult to walk normally. This is an acute knee injury.

There are lots of things that can go wrong in the knee; fractures, ligament injures, cartilage or meniscus damage, muscle tears, bursal irritation or tears or a combination of any of these.

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The best thing to do immediately is to apply ice (crushed ice wrapped in a wet towel) to the knee for 10-15 minutes (repeat this 3-6 times over 24 hours). While you are not icing it apply some compression to the knee, either a tubi-grip bandage, or crepe bandage, and wear this during the day only. At night try to keep the knee slightly elevated if you can. If it is very painful to put weight on the affected leg you may like to use crutches for a short time.

Physiotherapy for Acute Knee Injuries

When to seek treatment:

  • If there is obvious swelling of the knee
  • If the knee is giving a painful ‘click’ or ‘clunk’
  • If the knee is giving way
  • If the knee is locking
  • If you are unable to weight bear normally through the affected leg

What is the next step?

Your physiotherapist can often get a good idea of what is going on in your knee without needing any further investigations (such as MRI’s or X-rays). If further investigations are required your physiotherapist can refer you for scans and to an appropriate specialist.

Your treatment may initially involve bracing or taping, exercises and/or stretches, and gait reeducation. As your injury improves, your physiotherapy will encourage a graduated return to sports/work, depending on the type of injury and what load your activities place on your injury. Remember the earlier you start treatment, the faster you will recover.

Gold Coast Physiotherapy – Burleigh Heads and Broadbeach Physiotherapy Centres 07 5535 5218


Our Response to Covid-19

This page is up to date to our best knowledge, however, this is a rapidly evolving situation so we apologise for any potential delay in updating this information.

We want to reassure all our patients that we are following stringent infection control procedures in our clinic, and screen all people coming into the clinic, to exclude any patients that have any signs or symptoms consistent with Covid-19, as well as screening any patients that should be in isolation ie recently returned from overseas, or have been advised to isolate due to recent exposure with a known Covid-19 patient.

All our staff have now completed the Department of Health Covid-19 Infection Control Training.

What are we doing to minimise risk?

  • Screening patients for risk factors over the phone or through text messages before they attend appointments. Those with risk factors or symptoms are advised not to attend & to seek medical advice.
  • Hand sanitiser station at the front of the building must be used before you enter.
  • Following stringent infection control measures within the clinic. This includes
    • Disinfecting all beds, door handles, EFTPOS machine before and after each patient use.
    • Linen changed between each patient and commonly touched surfaces through the practice are cleaned regularly throughout the day.
    • Minimising the distances between clients in the waiting room- some chairs are outside undercover.
  • We have advised our team members not to come to work if they have cold or flu-like symptoms.
  • We are following all Department of Health recommendations for our type of business.

On the 30th March 2020 – the Australian government issued a statement that “People aged over 70, aged over 60 with pre-existing conditions, or Indigenous people aged over 50 should stay home wherever possible for their own protection.”

The decision to come in for physiotherapy treatment really is an individual one – if you feel that your treatment is medically necessary, and are comfortable with the risks of leaving your home and coming to physiotherapy, then rest assured that when you attend our physiotherapy clinic, we are following our strict infection control processes and doing everything we can to minimise your risk whilst in our care. However, we completely understand if you are not comfortable with coming in for treatment.

TELEHealth Consultations

We are offering telehealth consults and home visits (where suitable) for patients who cannot attend our clinic.

Read more about TELEhealth Consultations here.

Staying Healthy

  • Wash your hands often (and for 20 seconds) with soap and water
  • Cough into your elbow or use a tissue to cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze
  • Social distancing practices – Avoiding close contact with others, such as touching, including shaking hands
  • Limit contact with people who are sick, and stay home if you are sick and encourage employees to stay home when sick
  • Get 7-8 hours’ sleep a night to help your immune system stay strong
Please stay safe and take care of each other!

We are monitoring the situation very closely and will make adjustments to our business as we are further informed. Our priority is the health & well being of our patients and our staff. Thanks for your understanding.

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