Knee pain can range anywhere from a slight dull ache to extremely debilitating where even weight bearing and walking is difficult. Many of the structures of the knee are commonly injured, These structures can include ligaments, tendons, muscles, bones, cartilage, bursa, meniscus, fat pad, etc.
Knee pain occurs for a variety of reasons. Repetitive strain and direct trauma are the most common causes. Poor hip and/or poor foot and ankle mechanics often lead to knee pain and injury. With so many structures that can be involved and so many causes, accurate diagnosis is essential in treating knee injuries and preventing them from reoccurring.
Common knee injuries that present at our Sports & Spinal Albury are :
- Patellofemoral tracking dysfunction
- Runner’s knee/iliotibial band (ITB) friction syndrome
- Meniscal strain/tear
- Fat pad impingement
- Ligament sprain/rupture, such as Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL)
- Tendonitis, such as patella and biceps femoris (hamstrings)
- Osgood Schlatters
Osteopaths are trained to look at the body holistically and thus looking at all these other contributing areas is something that comes naturally to us. Treatment will aim to improve not only the function of the knee joint but also addressing the other areas that may be increasing the stress on the knee. We believe that treating the problem AND it’s underlying cause is the best way to restore healthy joint function.