Osteopath treatments for knee pain can help reduce swelling and pain allowing your knee to fully recover from injury. The knee joint is the largest and most complicated joint in the body. It consists of many complex structures that if damaged can lead to lengthy rehabilitation to correct.
Common injuries to the knee are:
- Cruciate ligament tears – this occurs when excessive force is applied to the knee joint. The anterior cruciate ligament is the most common to be injured and this injury is always accompanied by other damage within the knee usually the collateral ligaments and joint capsule.
- Lateral Collatral ligament tears – forced movement of the leg can result in injury to this ligament. The lateral ligament is more prone to injury than the medial ligament.
- Prepatella and superficial infrapatella bursa inflammation.
- Osteoarthritis – People with osteoarthritis of the knee usually complain that the knee is painful or aching. The knee may feel stiff at certain times often in the mornings or after rest. You may have pain all around the joint or just in one particular place and the pain may be worse after a certain activity, such as using the stairs.
- Meniscal/cartilage tears – the medial meniscus is damaged most frequently and occurs when the knee is rotated excessively.
Osteopath treatments for the knee can be very beneficial especially for osteoarthritis of the knee. Gentle stretching and mobilisation of the knee using osteopathic manipulation can help the knee regain a full and pain free range of motion. This combined with the correct rehabilitation exercises should give your knee the best chance possible to naturally heal.