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Knee Pain - A Physio's expert review of the most common causes

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Knee Pain

The most common causes from a physiotherapist perspective


Kevin Darcy, Chartered Physiotherapist at Whelehans Pharmacy describes the most common reasons for knee pain that he experiences working as a physiotherapist:


  1. Ligament sprains or tears: This can happen due to sudden twisting or turning movements, causing the ligaments in the knee to stretch or tear.


  1. Meniscus tears: A tear in the cartilage cushions of the knee can cause pain, swelling and stiffness. This is commonly caused by injury or wear and tear.


  1. Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (PFPS): This is a condition that causes pain around the kneecap and is often caused by overuse, weak muscles, or poor alignment of the kneecap.


  1. Osteoarthritis: This condition causes the cartilage in the knee joint to break down, leading to pain and stiffness. This is most common in older people or those who have had knee injuries.


  1. Tendinitis: This is an inflammation of the tendons that attach to the knee joint and is often caused by overuse or repetitive movements.


  1. Bursitis: This is an inflammation of the small fluid-filled sacs that cushion the knee joint. It can be caused by repetitive kneeling or overuse.


Each patient's condition is unique, and only a physiotherapist or healthcare provider can provide an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan based on an individual assessment.


 1st Contact Physio

 1st Contact Physio with Chartered Physiotherapist, Kevin D’Arcy. MISCP. Located in the private consultation suite, upstairs at Whelehans Pharmacy, 38 Pearse St, Mullingar


1st Contact Physio services include sports injuries, spinal injuries, back pain management, neck, and shoulder pain, post operative physiotherapy, sports rehabilitation, orthotics and sports massage. Physiotherapy is €60 for initial session and €50 for follow up sessions, Kevin offers reduced physiotherapy rates for Medical Card holders, children, and sports clubs. Book your appointment on the Whelehans website or Call Kevin on 0873813473 or Email


Thanks to Physiotherapist Kevin Darcy for the information for this article

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