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Osteopathy for Knee Pain

Of the lower limb injuries, we find knee pain is the most common. As osteopaths, we know that the foot and hip will influence the knee due to the downstream effect on biomechanics. If you have a foot going one way, and a hip pulling the other, your knee won't be happy!

If you're looking for effective and personalised osteopathic treatment for knee pain in Ivanhoe, look no further than Matrix Health & Performance. With knee pain patients, we will often perform a gait (walking or running) analysis, as we find this gives tremendous insight to the injury.

In our experience, the most common causes of knee pain are:

  1. Ligament sprains: These occur when a ligament in the knee is stretched or torn, often due to sudden movements or impact. Symptoms can include pain, swelling, and difficulty bearing weight on the affected leg. Often there will also be a sense of instability. We will always perform orthopaedic testing if we suspect a ligament injury.

  2. Meniscus tears: The meniscus is a piece of cartilage in the knee joint that can tear due to sudden twisting or impact. Symptoms can include pain, swelling, and a sense of locking.

  3. Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS): This condition is characterized by pain and discomfort around the kneecap, often due to overuse, poor alignment, or muscle imbalances. PFPS is quite common and can often be driven by a weakness in the hip.

  4. Osteoarthritis: This is a degenerative joint disease that can affect any joint in the body, including the knee. Symptoms can include pain, stiffness, and limited mobility.

Most studies on knee pain show that people do much better when the treatment and rehabilitation involves the hip and the knee, rather than the knee alone. As osteopaths, we know everything is connected, so we make sure to treat in this manner!

To read about how we manage back pain, click here.


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