‘What’s Up Doc’ is a health column in association with The Crawley Observer, which gives you the opportunity to ask questions regarding general health and wellbeing.
Answers are provided weekly from our specialist consultants at Spire Gatwick Park Hospital, Surrey. If it’s a long-standing illness or simply a worry which you would like to get off your mind then we would like to help.
This question appeared in The Crawley Observer on 13 February 2013, to readers across Surrey and Sussex. The question and answer is below, as it appeared in the newspaper.
Read the response by John Fairley, outpatient lead physiotherapist:
“I played footy at the weekend, and almost twisted my knee. Now I am getting pain when I straighten my leg. How can I get this sorted? Would I need physio? What is the problem”? Mr Wornham, Horsham.
Dear Mr Wornham, rotational or twisting injuries to the knee have the potential to cause damage to soft tissue structures in and around the joint. I would suggest that a thorough examination conducted by a physiotherapist or an orthopaedic consultant would be a reasonable next step to help diagnose the problem and plan the appropriate management.
One of our team of specialist physiotherapists at Spire Gatwick Park Hospital will assess your knee and decide whether an orthopaedic opinion is necessary. You can self-refer for a physiotherapy assessment without seeing your GP – unless you wish to claim for your treatment from a medical insurance company. In this instance a GP referral might be required by your insurance company. Please call the physiotherapy department on 01293 778951 for an appointment or for further information.