Will I need surgery for my Knee pain?


Knee pain is a hugely common presentation whether you are in your 20s, 40s or 60s.  It is common amongst physically fit individuals as well as individuals who aren’t quite as active as others.

Many of us know of someone who has had knee surgery whether it is for a knee replacement or keyhole surgery for their cartilage or cruciate ligaments.  There is likely to be a big variation of outcomes from these types of surgery as well.  We want a good outcome but unfortunately, this is not the case for everyone.

So will you need surgery? 

There are many different surgical procedures for knee presentations.  And when performed on a joint in as good a shape as possible, the success is much higher.

So, what am I saying…..? 

Physiotherapists are not surgeons but we are very good at getting your body and in this case your knees in as good a shape as possible.  To the extent, we try to avoid you having to have surgery.  It may be a case of joint mobilisations or lower limb strengthening or balancing the musculature out.  In many cases, this reduces knee pain, allows for healing and provides an optimal environment to prevent surgery.  In the cases surgery may be appropriate we work closely with a group of orthopaedic surgeons and Cobalts (imaging providers) who we are able to directly refer you too.

Unfortunately, in some cases, surgery is inevitable and cannot be avoided but you can increase the chances of it being successful.  In these cases, we help to optimise the knee presentation in preparation for the surgery, for example, keeping you strong, mobile and functionally able.  Following the surgery, whether it be a total joint replacement, keyhole surgery, ACL repair or any other types of orthopaedic knee surgery, we will rehab you back to your full function and specific to your goals and aims.

As a whole knee surgery is not the worst that can happen.  It would be favourable if you can avoid it through conservative treatment but in the cases that you can’t prepare your body and rehabilitate it properly and full to get the best results.

If you have any questions regarding this or would like an assessment we are all very happy to see you at The Markland Clinic.  In any case that an orthopaedic opinion is required we work closely with a Specialist Orthopaedic Consultant and can refer you to one if need be.

If you any questions or would like to book a session don’t hesitate to call us on 01285 654059 and we can put your mind at ease.


Clinic Manager & Lead Physiotherapist

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