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How Osteopathy Can Help With Knee Pain

One of the most commonly injured joints in the body is the knee, primarily due to its role as the largest weight-bearing joint. If you are seeking assistance for knee pain, continue reading to see how Osteopathy could serve you as the ideal remedy.

The knee – it’s complicated

Bones, cartilage, ligaments and tendons make up the knee joint. It lies between the thighbone, known as the femur and the shinbone, known as the tibia. At the front is the kneecap or patella. Articular cartilage covers the back of the kneecap and the ends of the thighbone and shinbone so that it slides easily over the bones so that the leg can straighten or bend. The meniscus cartilage acts like “shock absorbers” between the thighbone and shinbone to help add padding and to stabilize the joint. The collateral ligaments control the sideways motion of the knee and supports it against unfamiliar movements. The inside is the medial collateral ligament (MCL) and the outside lateral collateral ligament (LCL). The back and forth movement of the knee is controlled by the cruciate ligaments and is found on the inside of the knee joint. The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and the posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) cross over each other to create an “X”. These ligaments keep the knee stable by holding the bones together. Tendons are used to keep muscles connected to bones. The quadricep tendon connects the muscles in the front of the thigh to the kneecap and the patellar tendon connects the shinbone to the kneecap. Then there is the synovial fluid which is the joint capsule that surrounds the joint and lubricates it.

What are the symptoms of knee pain?

Symptoms of knee pain go beyond just pain, and may include: pain, stiffness, aching, locking, swelling, limping, difficulty straightening or bending, weakness, instability, or noises like popping, clicking and crunching.

When should I consult a Manual Osteopath?

Osteopathic Practitioners employ manual techniques to manipulate the knee and associated joints and tissues in order to restore proper movement. Consulting a Manual Osteopath is recommended in the following circumstances:
  • Experiencing discomfort in or around your knee.
  • Unable to flex or extend your knee.
  • Experiencing knee instability, or the knee gives way.
  • You suspect you’ve sustained a knee injury, resulting in persistent discomfort that has not subsided.
  • Knee pain is disrupting to your normal daily activities or work obligations.

When should I consult a Medical Doctor?

If the knee pain is accompanied by an open wound, physical deformity, a fever, marks on your skin, or if your knee is unable to bear weight, please consult a Medical Doctor first.

How will a Manual Osteopath treat my knee pain?

The Osteopath will review your symptoms and medical history and do a physical examination of your body. The Osteopath will then use manual manipulation to stretch muscles, enhance joint mobility, reduce inflammation, promote healing and rebalance the fundamentals of your body. You may also be provided with some stretches and exercises to be used at home.

Award winning Osteopathy clinic in East Gwillimbury

Ultimate Health Clinic has been recognized as the Top 3 Manual Osteopaths in Newmarket by Three Best Rated for the 3rd year in a row, and our Osteopathy practice has won us the “Best Business of 2022” award. If you have any questions about how Osteopathy can help you with your knee pain, or if you’d like to make an appointment, please contact us at (905)251-0162 today.

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