The knee is a major weight-bearing joint, it can be the place of a wide range of dysfunction and because of its location, is frequently injured, especially in sport people. Although some conditions may require surgery many can be helped with the right advice, exercise and treatment.
Damage, strain or sprain to the structures of the knee can increase symptoms. It can be the result of a sudden injury as often seen in sports injuries or repeatedly strain injury (RSI) on an area of the knee. Wrong alignment of the knee or kneecap and altered joint mechanics in relation to other joints can often cause dysfunction in relation with other joints like hips for instance. Osteoarthritis or wear and tear is a common condition that affects the knee.
Usual symptoms in the knee include pain, stiffness, aching, pain, locking, swelling, limping and difficulty fully straightening or bending the knee.
Our Osteopaths also see a significant amount of people suffering from the hips:
Pain can come from a tight, strained or overused muscle in the hip or from the joint itself. It can sometimes be the result of an injury, it can be referred from the back or related to the way you move, stand and/or use your hip.
Pain from osteoarthritis or wear and tear in the hip joint is also common. We cannot cure the arthritis but depending on the severity of the wear and tear treatment and advice from us can often help ease the symptoms.
Osteopaths look at the patient as a whole, assess the way the hip moves, strengthen and stretch the muscles, gently massage the hip muscles and stretch the hip joint to reduce tension and improve the mobility of the joint and work on the secondary problems like backache.
Contact our reception to book your appointment with our osteopaths here.