Are You Suffering With Knee Pain As A Result Of Prolonged Lock-downs?

Apr 20, 2021

One of the most common forms of pain currently being suffered over the span of 2020, right into 2021 is knee pain. Approximately 1 in 5 adults living in England currently suffer with some form of knee pain or an enduring knee condition. Knee pain is an increasingly common complaint among many adults and that is because so many factors can affect your knees and tigger pains and existing conditions.

The common causes of knee pain:

One of the most common types of knee pain which is experienced by the largest percentage of those who are suffering with knee pain – is caused by general wear and tear. This wear and tear stems from daily activities like walking, bending, standing and lifting. These activities are done by almost every healthy mobile individual which suggests that without taking proper care of our knees, we will all at some point be subject to this type of knee pain.

Another huge category of people experiencing knee pain will be Athletes/sports people. Knee pain is commonly experienced among Athletes who run or play sports that involve jumping or quick pivoting. Many runners experience a knee pain which is now named ‘runners knee’ where the patella moves out of alignment during running, which causes the cartilage beneath it to become irritated. Several sporting activities like this are said to aggravate the knee joints and ligaments resulting in knee problems and causing pain.

Lastly, the most increasingly common complaint of knee pain in the UK right now is of ‘stiff knees’. A large population of the UK is said to be experiencing stiff knees due to new sedentary lifestyles with little movement because of lock-downs. Stiff knees are caused by not exercising the knee enough, this is being felt by many of our population currently working from home and moving their legs a lot less. On top of this stiffness from new routines, weight also plays a huge part on the health of our knees. Excess weight puts a lot of stress on the knee joints. Secondly, weight gain causes inflammation and swelling of the joints, causing immobility and pain. Again, due to the amount of time spent in lock-downs during 2020 and 2021 many of us have managed to gain weight as a result of not being able to keep up with our usual routines. Therefore, we can gauge that as a nation the lock-downs have taken a huge toll on the health of our knees for many possible reasons.

Many of us went into lock-down relatively pain-free and have come out of it with new aches and pains so it is vital to act now to alleviate pain. At ALO Physio Clinic we are always trying to raise awareness that prevention is better than cute, so we’re urging those of you who’s knees have been affected by lock-downs and lifestyle changes to act now before any pain becomes long-standing and chronic.

How a physiotherapist can help:


We will ask you in detail about the symptoms and assess the biomechanics of how you move. We will test the function of the structures which may be affected by the pain eg. the ligaments, tendons, muscles, joints.


We will then diagnose the cause of the knee pain, this may include identification of a number of factors which have contributed to the pain starting.


We will then formulate a treatment plan and discuss this with you. Treatments will first be targeted at reducing pain and then rehabilitation to maximise functioning of the affected area. Treatments may include:

  • Manual Therapy
  • Rehabilitative exercise
  • Acupuncture
  • Electrotherapy

To book your Physiotherapy session, call us on: 0207 636 8845


Since seeing Louise (following an Achilles rupture repair), I have:

- Made it back onto tennis / squash courts to (tentatively!) celebrate 1 year anniversary of my surgery 
- Ran my fastest 10k at 43.57! 
- Ran 5k in 21:30 (vs pre-surgery PB of 20:18) 
- I increased my single leg calf lift to 59 kg (vs ~18 kg initially a few months ago) 
- I had a final appt with my consultant, who discharged me while congratulating me on a wonderful recovery

All the above is to illustrate that I'm absolutely delighted with the progress I have made since last summer when I couldn't do anything and the outlook seemed bleak. I'll be forever grateful for Louise’s guidance and support as I've navigated the long road back from my injury, and I appreciate the continued advice to help me prepare for more dynamic activity. Louise has been really fantastic and I couldn't have asked for better care.

Recovering from a full Achilles rupture. Started my work with Nina in feb and my progress has only been positive and upwards and I am almost at full speed again. Nina put me back together again almost from scratch. She is the best physio I have ever worked with and will again. Very knowledgable and very hard working. Can’t recommend enough.


What a great find! My orthopaedic surgeon recommended them and I can't rate Luigi, Gloria and the team more highly. Excellent service and very effective treatment- recovering nicely!


I am 84 years old, and have always been fit and healthy and exercised regularly. 3 years ago I underwent emergency surgery for peritonitis, and had a colonoscopy bag for 6 months and straight after surgery to reversal of the stoma. After this surgery I felt my legs very weak. To complete my drama, during the last summer I developed an abdominal hernia and had surgery for hernia repair. This made me even weaker specially at my legs. I have recovered but felt weak. I started my sessions at ALO Physiotherapy at the beginning of January, with the Vibra Machine combined with specific exercises. I have now recovered my body strength, particularly in the legs. I am now walking normally and without pain. I am delighted!


Great clinic with great people! I was so lucky to find this clinic and even more when I met Andre. He's a very talented therapist and a wonderful person who makes you feel comfortable every time. He helped me to resolve my back problems in few appointments and I will be always grateful to him! From my experience is the best clinic in London and I highly recommend them without any doubts!


One of the best physiotherapy centres in the world! The professionalism and knowledge of this centre amazed me.


I am so glad I found this clinic. Luigi has been amazing. After my 1st session I felt an improvement and now have ALOT more movement and significant reduction in pain. I couldn’t recommend this clinic & Luigi enough. So helpful and flexible whenever I have needed to amend appointments. Every one is fantastic. I will continue to come here for as long as I need.


Andre is the best physiotherapist I came across. As a dedicated martial arts practitioner, I regularly use his services. He has always managed to fix my various back and leg injuries. I would recommend Alo Physiotherapy to anyone who suffers from body pain.


Where do I begin? The journey has been too long with Andre Oliveira and ALO Clinic , as he helped me both physically and mentally to overcome an injury I had in both of my knees. A small injury , after following wrong treatment became chronic and I found myself unable to walk/stand/run and do the simplest things- the mental impact was worse. I was introduced to Andre by Eleftherios Pavlidis who runs Laertion in Athens. lefteris with his team were the first to accommodate the problem and told me what I need to do. As a Londoner, I was introduced to Andre and ALO Clinic, and the rest is history. Since February 2017 when I had the first session with Andre and he identified the biomechanic nature of the problem, along with the use of Tecar the results were visible after one month. Since then, along with personal effort and strengthening I did always guided by Andre, I the problem is restored and the pain is gone. I highly recommend ALO Physiotherapy Clinic , and Andre Oliveira for anyone who suffers from sport injuries , amateurs or professional top athletes.


Very professional staff and friendly environment. I felt a lot better after very first session. Appointment are easily available. I would definitely recommend this place


The care I received from ALO Physiotherapy was outstanding from the first session to the last. Sessions with Louise were informative as well as practical, allowing me to understand the context/logic behind treatment as well as tips to prevent future injuries. Louise was always readily available to answer my questions and the treatment process was collaborative rather than being prescriptive. Beyond the expertise of the team the quality of the equipment and facilities was incredibly high and aided my recovery significantly. I would recommend ALO Physiotherapy to anyone who requires physiotherapy treatment in the Marylebone area.

ALO is an excellent well-run clinic and Louise Hynes who looked after me is a superb physiotherapist. Louise is knowledgeable, skilled and very efficient at her job. My sore shoulder was sorted out in no time thanks to her. Thank you, Louise, and thank you ALO.

Julian Webber, Harley Street Endodontist.

ALO is an excellent well-run clinic and Louise Hynes who looked after me is a superb physiotherapist. Louise is knowledgeable, skilled and very efficient at her job. My sore shoulder was sorted out in no time thanks to her. Thank you, Louise, and thank you ALO.

Julian Webber, Harley Street Endodontist.

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