The knee is the largest joint in the body. It is a major weight-bearing joint and is one of the most frequently injured joints in the human body.
Knee pain can have a number of different causes, can be painful and debilitating and, although some conditions may require surgery, most can be helped with the right advice, exercise and treatment.
The knee joint lies between the femur and tibia and at the front is the patella or kneecap. It is made up of a number of structures including ligaments, muscles, capsule, synovial membrane and two ‘c’ shaped pieces of cartilage that sit between the femur and tibia, known as the menisci.
Damage, strain or sprain to the structures of the knee can give rise to symptoms. It can be the result of a sudden injury as often seen in sports injuries or by repeatedly placing strain on an area of the knee. Poor alignment of the knee joint or maltracking of the kneecap and altered joint mechanics are almost always significant contributory factors.
Osteoarthritis or wear and tear is a common condition that affects the knee. Common symptoms in the knee include pain, stiffness, aching, locking, swelling, limping and difficulty fully straightening or bending the knee.
X-rays, scans and other tests are not always needed in the first instance and lots can be done with treatment, strengthening exercises and weight management. Losing 1lb of weight has been shown to relieve 5lbs of pressure from your knees. If your arthritis symptoms are significant and the conservative management described above does not help, then we may make a referral to your GP for X-Ray or suggest a consultant opinion.
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In all cases, if having undergone your Initial Consultation, we feel that Osteopathic treatment is not the most suitable course of action for you at that time, we will discuss this will you fully, explaining why, and then refer you to see your GP to discuss further investigation if that is what we consider to be clinically appropriate.