The knee joint is particularly vulnerable to harm and pain because it takes the full weight of your body and any extra pressure when running or jumping. It is extremely common that ankle, knee and hip pain originates from twists and misalignments in the spine, from the low back and even the neck.
The Perrymount Clinic osteopaths are highly trained to look at you as a whole person and not just a knee. We will take a full case history, physical examination which includes the knees and spine and our treatment will encompass all our findings to help you. We will then advise on any rehab and preventative measure that are appropriate for you.
Risk factor to knee pain
You are more vulnerable to knee pain as you age from wear and tear. However, at The Perrymount we don't like the excuse of pain being "because of your age"! We will always access you taking into account all factors and give you our professional opinion on how much we can help. Certainly age releated wear and tear can actually be helped a lot!
Also people that do a lot of sports have a higher risk of damage to their knees. Marathon running very commonly can cause knee pain and games that require turning like football, netball and skiing, carry an unusually high risk of knee injuries. We have specialist sports injury assessment options available for you if you feel your injury is related in this way.
Common causes of knee pain
Tendinitis - This is an overuse injury that causes swelling of the tendons - bands of tissue that connect your bones and muscles.
Bursitis or Housemaid's knee - caused by kneeling for extended periods of time or recurring knee movements. Fluid builds up in the bursa, the bag of fluid that cushions the knee joints. Swelling behind the knee called a 'Baker's cysts' can be caused by injury or arthritis.
Iliotibial band syndrome - This is an overuse injury of the iliotibial band of tissue that can runs from the hip to the shin through the knee.
Osgood-Schlatter Disease - This excess condition is common in teens playing sports and causes swelling and tenderness over the bony bump just below the knee. This can very often be due to low back issues (that maybe painless) that cause a excessive "pull" on the muscles that blend into the bone below the knee.
Torn meniscus or meniscus injuries - These are commonly confused with cartilage problems. The meniscus are pads between the two leg bones.
Ligament injury and strains - These are probably the most common injury and occur frequently on the inside of the knee. This can be from a direct trauma or twist but again so often are caused by changes in the angle that the knee works due to a low back problem.
It is very comon for osteopaths to see and help knee pain. These are some symptoms we see:
• No load can be placed on the injured knee
• There is pain if no weight is placed on the knee
• The knee locks, clicks uncomfortably or gives way
• The knee looks swollen
Recovery from knee pain
Recovery from knee pain depends on the type and severity of the injury. If recovery prevents you from doing high impact sports like running, try a low impact one like swimming. Our osteopaths will be able to advise you of stopping sports or activities and how to graduate your return.
At The Perrymount Clinic we are also able to help you if your knee pain is related to diet and foods, which it can be. Some foods are known to increase inflammation and knee pain. If you would like to speak to one of our professionals then please call 01444 410944.