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What is Swimmers knee?

Swimmers knee is commonly found in athletes who train hard, although the armature sportsmen can also develop this injury. The stroke which is most commonly associated with swimmers knee is breast stroke. Swimmers knee is most commonly brought on through breaststroke. This is because the knee is brought into a flexed and external rotated position which stretches and puts strain on the medial collateral ligament. This is thought to be the origin of pain.

Therapist performing knee assessmentAbove: Therapist performing knee assessment

Physiotherapy for Swimmers Knee

Swimmers knee causes you pain whilst exercising (swimming). This can hinder your ability to compete and will affect the efficiency of the stroke. Physiotherapy can help to speed your recovery and help with pain management of the injury. Physiotherapy rehabilitation can help to:
  • Decrease pain
  • Speed recovery
  • Optimise healing
  • Strengthen the muscles surrounding the joint
  • Advise on self management strategies
Physiotherapy will help to speed and enhance the rehabilitation of swimmers knee through a variety of treatments. Some of the treatments which may be integrated into your rehabilitation programme may include:
  • Strengthening exercises
  • Ice therapy
  • Electrotherapy
  • Friction massage
  • Acupuncture
There is usually a variety of treatments which will be used alongside each other to enhance the recovery of swimmers knee. The physiotherapists at can help to speed your recovery through their extensive knowledge and skills.

Progressive knee strengthening exercises supervised by therapistAbove: Progressive knee strengthening exercises supervised by therapist


Swimmers knee is pain which is experienced on the inside of the knee where the medial ligament is situated. Physiotherapy can help to speed the recovery through a variety of treatments. To make an appointment with an experienced physiotherapist please contact us or call 0330 088 7800.

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