Is the information in this book suitable for me?
The majority of people will benefit from the advice given in this book which is provided for those people with straight forward recurring mechanical problems. Nearly everyone can commence the exercise programme, provided the recommended precautions are taken.
However, in any of the following situations you should not commence the exercise programme without first consulting your doctor or physiotherapist:
- If your knee has suddenly become very swollen or hot for no apparent reason, or you think it may have become infected.
- If you are generally feeling unwell in conjunction with your knee pain.
- If you have associated back pain, with pain or numbness radiating to the front of the thigh and/or the knee region.
- If you have severe pain in the leg below the knee and experience sensations of weakness, numbness or pins and needles in the foot.
- If you have developed severe pain in the back of the leg below the knee with associated chest pain or breathlessness.
- If you have suddenly developed severe knee pain following a recent accident and find you are unable to take any weight through your leg or it keeps collapsing or “locking” for no reason.
- If you have a previous history of cancer or a tumour.
- If you have had knee surgery in the past three months.
If you suffer from any of the above you may wish to seek advice from a health professional.