September 2023 Newsletter
Knee Pain is a Common Problem
At the practice, we are often seeing patients suffering from knee pain.
Taking a thorough case history and doing a full examination will enable your Osteopath to determine the cause of the pain. With the diagnosis complete, a treatment plan and pathway to recovery can begin!
Why do we get Knee Pain?
The anatomy of the knee is such that our thigh bone (femur) sits on the flat surface of the tibia, supported by 2 C-shaped cups of cartilage. The joint is then stabilised by 4 main ligaments along with the muscles and tendons of the hamstrings and quadriceps.
Fundamentally, the knee joint relies on the cartilage menisci, muscles, ligaments and tendons for both stability and shock absorption so it is very common to get problems.
Common Causes of Knee Pain
Knee pain is common amongst adults and is most often associated with general wear and tear. However, athletes who run, jump or play sports that involve quick pivoting, are equally likely to experience problems.
Common Knee Problems:
Sprained Knee Ligaments and/or Muscles. A strained knee ligament most often occurs by sudden twist to the knee or an impact. Symptoms may include pain, swelling and difficulty walking or doing sports.
Torn Cartilage. This occurs with trauma to the knee and the meniscus cup may tear. Symptoms may include, locking of the knee, inability to move the knee, pain and swelling. Surgery may be indicated for acute onset trauma and your Osteopath will let you know if onward referral is necessary.
Tendonitis. This is inflammation of the tendons of the knee. The knee cap (patella) tendon is often involved and can occur with jumping, running or other repetitive impact. Symptoms are swelling, pain on running, going downstairs and when bending the knee.
Arthritis. Degenerative changes to the knee are the most common causes of knee pain. There may be pain, stiffness, crackling or crepitus of the knee, swelling and difficulty in moving and weight bearing.
Osteopathy for Knee Pain
The first thing your Osteopath will do is take a medical case history and then do an assessment of your knee. Once a diagnosis is established then your Osteopath will advise on a forward treatment and rehabilitation plan.
Osteopathy for knee pain will involve hands-on treatment and prescribed rehabilitation exercise.
On the rare occasion when onward referral is deemed necessary, then we can always help the process by writing a letter to your GP or Consultant.
If you have aches and pains, don’t wait, just call the clinic and come in and we will be able to diagnose the problem. 02089776396
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