The knee joint is the largest and one of the most wondrous joints in the human body. It can flex, rotate and straighten and also carries most of the weight of an individual’s body. Unfortunately, as one of the most used joints in the body, it also comes under significant strain and stress, which can lead to severe and debilitating pain.
Symptoms of knee pain
The symptoms of knee pain can vary in the way they manifest and in the seriousness of the complaint. Some symptoms such as swelling or redness may reduce over time with cold compress and rest, but other symptoms such as pain when bending or straightening the knee could be the sign of a more pressing problem.
Who is affected by knee pain?
Anyone can be affected by a troublesome knee joint. Keen athletes and participants in sports can suffer sudden injury to knee ligaments, whereas, in older people, problems arise mostly from arthritis in the knee joint or from the hip.
How osteopathy works to relieve pain in the knee joint
Some knee problems, such as ligament tears or significant cartilage damage, will always require surgery. Still, osteopathy can treat a large amount of knee joint issues including sprains, ligament strains and bursitis inflammation.
With a holistic approach that focuses on the psychological as well as physical wellbeing of a patient, osteopaths use a combination of non-invasive therapies to alleviate pain. These can include joint manipulation, stretching and soft tissue massage and be used in conjunction with exercises as set by the osteopath for the patient to do at home. Each individual is different and as such, will require a treatment tailored and appropriate for their specific needs. If you are experiencing any pain in the knee joint, then contact Farah Khan Osteopathy to arrange a consultation.