The knees are very vulnerable joints because their stability is mainly dependent on ligament and musculature support. They are prone to injuries because of their frequent exposure to trauma. Knee pain can be caused from problems within the joint itself such as osteoarthritis or anterior cruciate ligament sprains, or can be related to problems in the surrounding musculature, the hip or lower leg, or referred from the back. The causes of Knee pain are varied and diagnosis is made from your case history, examination and radiological evidence.
Examples of conditions causing Knee pain:
In most cases Osteopathy can help with Knee pain. A variety of techniques are used in knee treatment to relief pain, improve joint function, reduce any swelling, muscle strengthening and treating areas around the knee that can be contributing to your Knee pain.
Sometimes and particularly in cases of misalignment you may be referred to a Podiatrist for further assessment and possible insertion of orthotics in your shoes. This depends on how you respond to your knee treatment. Osteopaths and Podiatrists can work together to help with your Knee pain.
Depending on the injury, surgery is sometimes required to treat problems within the knee itself. Osteopathy can help with your post-operative rehabilitation.