Osteopathic treatment for Knee Pain

Your knee is the largest joint in the body and a major weight-bearing joint which all contributes to it being one of the most frequently injured joints in the body.

It is a complex joint between the thigh bone (femur) and shin bone (tibia) with the kneecap (patella) at the front with various ligaments and muscles holding it all together.

Other structures that can affect the knee are the fibula which is on the outside of the shin and the ankle. While neither is part of the knee joint, either or both can be involved in causing your knee pain.

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Knee pain can be caused by: 

  • Damage, strain or sprain to any of the structures in the knee can result in painful symptoms. This is typically due to a sudden injury such as a trip or fall.
  • Poor alignment of the knee or kneecap and altered joint mechanics in relation to the hips and knees can also cause problems.
  • Osteoarthritis due to ‘wear and tear’ is a common condition that affects the knee.

Common symptoms in the knee include pain, stiffness, aching, pain, locking, swelling, limping and difficulty fully straightening or bending the knee.

How we can help

  • We use a wide range of gentle manual treatments depending on your age, fitness and diagnosis and this can include massage, stretching and mobilising the knee joint.
  • Sometimes your treatment will involve other areas of the body which could affect the mobility of the knee joint including the hip and foot as these can play a role in your knee pain. We can also provide specific exercises to help prevent a reoccurrence of any problems.
  • X-rays, scans and other tests are sometimes required to make a diagnosis and your osteopath may refer to your GP or a specialist for any additional investigations or treatment.

For more advice on your knee pain, or to book an appointment please call us on (01604) 532853

Can kneel down again (not for long) but can do it now, whereas before couldn’t do that as was in too much pain. Going up and down stairs much easier. Just general day to day life easier with out waking up thinking how are my knees going to feel today

Rebecca O'Neill