There are different types of knee pain which can occur at different stages of life.
Conditions causing Knee pain that affects mainly the younger "teenage" to middle age generation include:
- Osgood Schlatters disease (Mainly found in young males aka. "growing pains")
- Patellar tracking syndrome
- Chondromalacia patellae
- ACL/PCL dysfunction
- Ligament and muscle strains and sprains
- Meniscal issues
- See Figure 1 for different conditions and their presentation regions in the knee
Chronic knee pain that has been there for a while can include conditions such as:
- Osteoarthritis and related symptoms of it. (See Figure 2)
- Baker's cyst
- rheumatoid arthritis
- and many other conditions....
Your Osteopath will analyse your alignment including your hips, knees and ankles on your first consultation to determine whether it may be a structural issue that's causing your knee pain or whether it may have come from a recent injury. If the alignment of the feet are incorrect, flat or pronated then we may suggest that you see a podiatrist in conjunction with Osteopathy for best results.
Figure 1. Structures of the knee and most common presenting regions of different injuries.
How can Osteopathy help my knee pain?
At Moreland Osteopathy we may able to assist your knee pain/injuries via a proper history taking, orthopaedic examination and assessment to find out what condition you are presenting with. Any red flags will be ruled out during your history taking and questioning with the Osteopath. Following this, Osteopathy may help your knee pain through hands on manual therapy techniques, also if needed, dry needling, cupping and exercise/ stretching prescription. If your knee pain persists, you may even be sent off to do some X-rays or MRI's depending on your presentation.
Some techniques we use for knee injuries are Massage, trigger point release, articulation and manipulation of joints, muscle energy technique, inhibition and many more. We use these techniques in order to give your body a chance to take charge, and help itself. Some effects of Osteopathy are to increase blood flow to your injured site, therefore decreasing pain levels and increasing your healing rate.
Every treatment is tailored to you so if you prefer or respond better to certain techniques then we will take that into account. We have excellent bedside manner and aim to make you feel comfortable at all times.
Figure 2. Healthy knee joint (left) compared to Osteoarthritic knee joint (right). In the Osteoarthritic joint you can see that the cartilage has worn away which will start to cause bone on bone contact and resultant pain.