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Understanding Knee Pain: Common Causes and Symptoms

Knee Pain: Common Causes and Symptoms

Knee pain is a prevalent issue affecting individuals of all ages and backgrounds. In this blog post, we will delve into common causes, symptoms, and typical reasons for knee discomfort, including bursitis, ligament tears, arthritis (including osteoarthritis), and meniscal tears. We will ll also discuss the most prevalent symptoms associated with each condition to enhance your understanding of each condition. Here are common causes and symptoms of knee pain:

Knee pain due to Bursitis

Bursitis is inflammation of bursa sacs within the body, including those around the knee joint.  There are several bursae surrounding the knee so pain location can vary. Symptoms may include:

  • Localized pain and tenderness around the affected bursa.
  • Swelling, redness, and warmth in the area.
  • Exacerbated pain with movement, especially when applying pressure to the knee.

Treatment generally includes rest, ice, anti-inflammatory medications, and manual therapy. In severe cases, draining the inflamed bursa may be necessary.

Ligament Tears & knee pain

Tears in knee ligaments, such as the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) or medial collateral ligament (MCL), often result from trauma or repetitive stress. Symptoms commonly include:

  • Sudden, severe pain and swelling following an injury.
  • Feelings of instability and knee “giving way.”
  • Limited range of motion and difficulty bearing weight on the injured leg.
  • Bruising around the knee joint.

Treatment typically involves rest, manual therapy, and, in severe cases, surgical repair.

Arthritis oF the knee (Including Osteoarthritis)

Arthritis is a prevalent source of knee pain, with osteoarthritis being the most common form. Common arthritis symptoms in the knee comprise:

  • Gradual onset of pain, stiffness, and swelling.
  • Audible crackling or popping sounds (crepitus) during knee movement.
  • Reduced range of motion and weight-bearing difficulties.
  • Pain worsened by activity and relief by rest.

Treatment for knee arthritis typically entails pain management, exercise, weight control, and, in advanced instances, surgical procedures like knee replacement.

Knee pain from Meniscal Tears

Meniscal tears are injuries to the C-shaped cartilage (meniscus) in the knee. Symptoms may include:

  • Pain, often along the joint line, sometimes accompanied by popping or locking.
  • Swelling and stiffness in the knee.
  • Reduced range of motion and difficulty fully extending the knee.
  • A sensation that the knee is giving way or “catching.”

Treatment for meniscal tears varies depending on the severity and location of the tear but may involve rest, manual therapy, rehabilitative exercises and, in some cases, surgical repair or removal.

Biomechanical Considerations Of Knee Pain

Biomechanical issues in the foot and low back can contribute to knee pain. These factors include:

  • Foot Pronation: Overpronation, where the foot excessively rolls inward during walking or running, can lead to poor alignment in the lower extremities, potentially causing knee pain.
  • Flat Feet: Flat feet can alter the distribution of weight and force on the knee joint, leading to increased stress and discomfort.
  • Leg Length Discrepancy: When one leg is shorter than the other, it can result in altered gait patterns, leading to knee pain over time.
  • Low Back Issues: Lumbar spine problems, such as herniated discs or muscle imbalances, can affect the way weight is distributed through the lower extremities and contribute to knee pain.

Treatment of knee pain

By identifying the correct source of the pain, tailored treatment plans can be developed to alleviate pain and enhance your overall well-being. A multidisciplinary approach is beneficial in many cases where injuries can lead to compensatory issues elsewhere in the body. To book your appointment online with one of our health care providers at CURAVITA Glebe or Byward locations.

Byward Market

333 Cumberland Street
Ottawa K1N 7J3
Phone: 613.860.8600
Email: info.byward@curavita.com


108A Third Avenue
Ottawa K1S 2J8
Phone: 613.237.9000
Email: info.glebe@curavita.com

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We stumbled across Curavita while looking for massage and chiropractor places in Lowertown area. We’ve been very happy with Dr H’s chiropractic services. She diagnosed my knee pain and gave me a fantastic care plan. She’s also very knowledgeable about the city and gives great tidbits and recommendations.

Curavita has a handy online portal to book subsequent appointments. They are quick to respond over email or phone in case any changes to upcoming appointments are required. They also support sending receipts via email which makes the reimbursement process a breeze. I would definitely recommend Curavita!



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I’ve had both physiotherapy and chiropractic care here.

SA is an incredible physiotherapist. I sprained my ankle pretty bad, and decided to get physio. SA worked with me to initially get my flexibility back and then worked on strengthening exercises. I was back to playing sports in no time. She is very knowledgeable and takes her time to ensure you understand the exercises. I highly recommend her for physiotherapy.

Dr. H is exceptionally proficient in chiropractic care. They are entirely focused on the wellbeing and improvement of each patient. I look forward to every appointment. If you are looking for someone that understands the discomfort or pain you may be feeling and has the knowledge and experience to assist you, look no further.

Do yourself a favour and visit Curavita. Dr. H, SA and staff are truly wonderful. Thank you for all your hard work and effort!



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The physiotherapist is a great physiotherapist! I have been working with her with my left arm pain and in just a short period of time the pain was gone. She is knowledgeable, kind, caring and professional while still keeping a friendly and comfortable environment. The location is convenient and the appointment times fit my schedule. Excellent experience and would have no hesitation in recommending SA to my family and friends if they ever require physiotherapy. Thank you again for your help, advice and support.



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I’ve been a casual massage therapy client at CURAVITA for a few years but recently visited the Glebe clinic for help with a chronic plantar fasciitis problem. I received treatment from the physiotherapist and the chiropractor, and have seen so much improvement and pain relief through these treatments. I am now able to walk pain-free, am beginning to scale up my workouts at the gym so that I can get back to the volume of exercise I am used to and, in general, because of the chiropractic care have noticed huge improvements in how my body feels overall.



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I just recently completed successful physio therapy with Curavita and physiotherapist. What a wonderful team of friendly and professional people. Kudos for the knowledge and skill as a physiotherapist, and his patience with me. Thanks for the cheerful ladies at the front desk who always greeted me with a smile and friendly familiarity that made me feel at home despite the pain that brought me there. I’m now pain free after a few weeks of visiting Curavita, and very thankful for their care.



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The physiotherapist is attentive and very supportive in her assessment and the physiotherapy care she provides. Her qualifications and experience come through in her interaction and you cant help but feel that you will feel better after each treatment.



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I have been going to Curavita in the Glebe for the past 8 months for physio. The reception have always been very friendly and more than helpful to make sure I was comfortable while waiting for my appointment. The physiotherapist was great, patient and pushed me just enough to get my leg back to its old self. Extremely professional and courteous! 10/10 would recommend.



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A huge thank you to PT! The dry needling sessions on my shoulder and back have been very helpful! I especially appreciate how he confers with my chiropractor, Dr. B, so that they can coordinate their treatment. I’ve seen a lot of improvement and have trusted the physiotherapist since the first session (which is definitely necessary when it comes to needling)! Thank you!



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I have had nothing but good experiences at Curavita. The team is professional, attentive, and caring, starting with the receptionists, all well trained. The physiotherapist is a gem. Being used to US physical therapy, I was pleasantly surprised with how my sessions went: instead of focusing on the exercises that she had given me, this was no more than a couple of questions: have you done them? Where was the pain? Where did you have trouble? She then adjusted my “homework” and proceeded with massage, ultrasounds or whatever hands on treatment I needed to release the pain and get me ready for my week. The facilities are clean and pleasant.



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I went for the first time for physio to help heal a mild fracture, and I’m glad I chose Curavita. The physiotherapist successfully helped me improve the range of motion of my arm and reduce the pain. She treated me, and I did all the exercises as prescribed, and I quickly regained normal usage of my arm. She is also very nice and friendly. The front desk is also very welcoming and professional. They also offer other services, like chiro and massage therapy, which I will probably try. Plus it is steps away from where I live in the Byward market.
Thank you!



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My toe pain was much reduced in quite a short period of time thanks to the physiotherapist, a superb physical therapist. She clarified what the issue was, let me know how the procedure would operate, and made sure I understood the exercises I needed to perform at home. She listens well and communicates clearly. I’ll keep using her services and would definitely suggest her!



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The physiotherapist worked with Krista and me separately on a few minor ailments (neck, quads and tight arm tendons) She is beyond great and has helped both of us to recover quickly. She is great at her bedside manner as well. 🙂



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I consulted the physiotherapist for tendonitis in both wrists. After a month, I saw a clear improvement. The physiotherapist listens and is very professional.

Moreover, the clinic easily accommodâtes the patients. I recommend



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The physiotherapist is an outstanding physiotherapist who reduced the pain in my hip and knee in a very short time. She explained what my problem was, informed me of how the process would work and ensured I knew the exercises I was to do at home. She communicates well and is a very good listener. I will continue to avail myself of her services and highly recommend her!



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Really good service!
Came in with knee pain, my physio was very knowledgeable. Treatment was great. Home exercises were easy to do and effective.



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I found Curavita Byward after searching for physiotherapy providers in lowertown, and im so glad i did! I was also very fortunate to be assigned with my physiotherapist and the progress has been visible very fast and she’s very encouraging and knowledgeable and kind. I also started seeing the chiropractor for chiro after a recommendation of the physiotherapist and overall im very satisfied with the treatement plan, the adjustments show effect almost immediately and im happy with the approach in general. 5/5



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I went to Curavita for knee issues, and was attended to by the physiotherapist. She is a miracle maker. She was very clear and articulate about how the treatment plan will proceed, and how I am also supposed to contribute to the treatment by doing my part of exercises. She planned 4 sessions in addition to the assessment. By the 4th session, also with keeping up with my exercises, I was good to go!

The place overall is good. They are flexible, accommodating and have reasonable prices.



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I’m satisfied with this clinic. It was my first time going to physiotherapy in general and after few sessions I can already see a good progress from treatments with Sakshi Arora. She and everyone in the clinic are very professional, friendly, and are always trying to help. The booking system is also very easy, appointments are always on time.
If I will need a specialist again in the future I will definitely come back.



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I worked with the physiotherapist for Physiotherapy and had a great experience. She was really attentive and very knowledgeable for any questions I had. She really has set me on a good plan to recovery and I appreciate all the work that was done.

The frontend staff was really friendly too, answered all my questions on the first call and made everything quick and efficient. Thanks to everyone there.



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I have been working with the physiotherapist for my back and neck pain for the last few months. She is very knowledgeable and experienced and cares about her patients.



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My experience at the CURAVITA Glebe location has been nothing short of amazing.

I recently started seeing their physiotherapist to improve my strength and mobility as I work towards a full recovery. The physiotherapist has been incredibly helpful, and I have improved very quickly since I started seeing him. I would recommend him in a heartbeat to anyone that needs a physiotherapist.



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Got my physio treatment from the physiotherapist. She is very motivating and I recovered quickly. She also suggested acupuncture for my pain and it helped a lot. She knew what she was doing and the pain subsided in a couple of days.



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The physiotherapist helped enormously to heal my arm through her physiotherapy. She’s professional, thorough and attentive care have enabled me to safely return to work.



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I saw the physiotherapist for physio a few months after breaking my ankle, and I couldn’t be more pleased with my experience and the results. The physiotherapist kept me on track with my exercises, and I always found our appointments productive. Aside from that, she is very professional, kind, and friendly, and we had some great conversations during the course of treatment. The clinic staff were also very considerate and helpful. My injury was work-related, and Curavita’s staff took care of all the back-and-forth with WSIB, which made my life so much easier. Wonderful experience, would absolutely recommend.



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I go to physio and massage here. I have a condition affecting my joints and ligaments, and the physiotherapist went above and beyond to learn about the condition, work within my limitations, and came up with a care and exercise plan to meet my needs. If you have EDS, I recommend you come see them.



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I have been working with the physiotherapist at Curavita for the past 1 month for some chronic pain I’ve been having for years. Over the past month, she has helped me understand where this stemmed from, working on reducing the pain, strengthening my muscles and equipping me with tools to manage this by myself in the long term. She has been supportive and an absolute expert in both pain management and physical therapy. 100% recommend her for physiotherapy services!



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Always awesome when a company lives up to its name! I went into CURAVITA with “pass-out” level pain in my right arm. The physiotherapist is the best. Not only did they diagnose and treat my injury, she explained the “why” and completely changed the ergonomics of my desk space and posture to be now pain free and back in the gym.

Thank you for returning me to good health – I missed it!



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I went to see the physiotherapist after a work related injury and my experience was amazing with both the physiotherapist and Curavita. From filling out all the paper work for WSIB to helping me go back to work with no limitations, everyone was so friendly and patient. I recommend this place 100%.



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I wanted to share a review following a few months of physiotherapy I experienced under the excellent care of the physiotherapist. I have nothing but positive things to say about my experience. She was professional, knowledgeable and regularly checked in on progress, adjusting her treatment as my situation changed. She also took the time to clearly and thoroughly explain various options, providing pros and cons for each, and ensured that my comfort level was the main factor in determining how we proceeded. She also coordinated care with a massage therapy colleague which supplemented the treatment.

Finally, her “bedside manner” was very strong, sharing stories and chatting about all sorts of subjects, complemented by a great sense of humour while I was under her care.

Thanks to the Curavita Byward Team, and particularly the physiotherapist, for a great experience during a time where my physical pain was quite limiting.


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