Knee pain can have a number of different causes and we know from the range of patients we see at our Oxford clinic that it can be painful and debilitating. Although some conditions may require surgery our osteopaths can help patients by providing the right advice, exercise and treatment.
Damage, strain or sprain to the structures of the knee can trigger painful symptoms. These might stem from a sudden injury like a sports injuries or by repeatedly placing strain on an area of your knee. We find that poor alignment of the knee or kneecap and altered joint mechanics in relation to other joints such as the hips and knees are often significant. Osteoarthritis or wear and tear is another common condition that affects the knee.
Common symptoms our patients report in the knee include pain, stiffness, aching, pain, locking, swelling, limping and difficulty fully straightening or bending the knee. X-rays, scans and other tests are sometimes required to make a diagnosis and your osteopath may refer to your GP or a specialist for any additional investigations or treatment.
In your first appointment at Central Oxford Osteopathy, one of our osteopaths will identify the source of your neck pain and tailor a treatment plan to meet your individual needs. We can use a wide range of gentle manual treatments depending on your age, fitness and diagnosis to reduce muscular tension in your neck and improve movement in the joints of your neck and upper back. We may gently massage the soft tissues of your leg or rhythmically “rock” the joints to release tension. Sometimes we may gently manipulate the knee to loosen the joint and you may hear a “click”.
Your long term recovery is important to us. Once we have treated your immediate pain at the clinic, we will help you maintain your recovery by recommending gentle exercise and stretches you can do at home. We may offer advice on your lifestyle particularly if we feel there is a repetitive activity that may be triggering your back pain. We may also offer advice on your posture and provide advice on diet and exercise.
If you think we can help you with your pain, then book to see an osteopath at our Oxford clinic today.
Acknowledgement: with thanks to Institute of Osteopathy for data and sources.
Jamie treated my neck, gave me exercises to repeat and probably more importantly, convinced me I had a healthy spine. Within
two weeks I was a new woman, and have been pain free for weeks and weeks."
- Bobbie, 56
"After twisting my back when picking up my daughter, I was struggling to walk. I had two sessions with Jamie and have continued
with the exercises which he suggested. A month later, my back feels great and the pain has completely gone."
- Chris, 33
"For the first time in years I am no longer taking pain killers and able to sleep through the night"
- Anna, violinist with Roxy Music, 26