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Knee Pain Treatments

Knee pain, stiffness, swelling, clicking and locking of the knee are the symptoms most commonly felt in the knee. This joint has to do a lot of work and I frequently see people who have painful knees.The symptoms often come on when walking up or down stairs and can also give a feeling that the knee might ‘give way’ when under load. The location of your knee pain often gives a clue as to which part of your knee is injured.

  • The front of the knee, around the kneecap is the most common, this is often ‘patellofemoral pain syndrome’ it often comes on after an overenthusiasic bout of activity such as an extra long walk, or upping your level of sport.
  • Housemaid’s knee, is prepatella bursitis, a bursa which is a small sac filled with joint fluid becomes inflamed, usually when you have spent a lot of time kneeling down, in this case the knee looks swollen but isn’t always painful
  • Sprains and strains of the ligaments and tendons around the knee. These are common sports injuries in sports which involve running, jumping and rapid changes of direction such as football, tennis or netball. The collateral ligaments run either side of the knee, the cruciate ligaments are deep within the knee joint itself and injury here is often as a result of twisting the knee.
  • Meniscus tear, the meniscus is a pad of cartilage that sits between the base of the thigh bone and the top of the shin bone to cushion the joint and allow it to move smoothly, this can tear, either in conjunction with a ligament or tendon injury, or through degeneration over time. It is sometimes called a knee cartilage and the pain is usually at the inside joint line of the knee, this injury commonly involves clicking and locking of the knee.
  • Osteoarthritis comes with aching and stiffness and is often accompanied by creaking, the range of motion, that is the degree to which you can bend and straighten your knee, is frequently reduced. Often the pain in your knees can ease once you get moving, and they can sometimes feel swollen.

Common causes of knee pain include ligament and cartilage tears, such as ACL and meniscus tears, patellofemoral pain syndrome, and osteoarthritis.  Thankfully there’s a lot we can do for people with knee pain, firstly we will assess the whole leg including feet, ankles, hips and low back, as problems in these areas can often cause problems in the knees.

We can use acupuncture (or electric point stimulation if you really don’t like needles) therapeutic ultrasound or laser to deal with pain and swelling.

We can advise you on exercises and stretches which will help to strengthen and rehabilitate your knees. And employ taping if needed, to help support the knee while it recovers from injury.

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Knee Pain Types And Chiropractic Relief By Evelynee O'Hare - West Dorset Chiropractic Centre Bridport

Evelyne O’Hare – Chiropractor

Evelyne O’Hare wrote this article on knee pain and its relief with chiropractic treatments.

She is registered with th General Chiropractic Council GCC and uses chiropractic techniques to treat knee pain, including manual adjustments, soft tissue therapy,acupuncture, taping and exercises to improve mobility and strength.

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