Knee pain

Knee pain has a strong relationship to our feet and the rest of our lower limbs. A lot of knee pain can be resolved very easily and treatment is always more effective if applied sooner rather than later. This is particularly true of knee pain that is not the result of a traumatic injury, in a sporting accident, for example.

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Knee pain has a strong relationship to our feet and the rest of our lower limbs. A lot of knee pain can be resolved very easily and treatment is always more effective if applied sooner rather than later. This is particularly true of knee pain that is not the result of a traumatic injury, in a sporting accident, for example.

Two types of common knee pain are:

1) Knees with a history of issues

These belong to people who have had surgery on their knees, or people who have experienced an ongoing problem with their knees. Typically, these people have a number of issues that they are not aware of, because they have stopped treatment. This causes increasing discomfort or pain and possible long-term damage.

Recently, a man attended our clinic about another issue. During the assessment, he mentioned that he ‘put up with’ ongoing anterior knee pain following several surgeries that he had had years earlier. We checked his knees and prescribed some stretches. Within one week, he was pain free. It is definitely worthwhile getting your knees checked.

2) Knees that hurt suddenly

This will typically happen to someone who has no history of knee pain, and is unable to think of any trauma to the knee. It is important to investigate this as soon as possible to avoid long-term issues. In many cases, we find the knee has come off its tracks slightly and just needs to be gently guided back into place. This is important because if a joint is out of place it will be more prone to wear and tear and can damage the knee over time.

Treating Knee Pain

Obviously, the treatment depends on the individual case; however, the treatments are usually very straightforward. If the knee or lower limb appears to be misaligned, we send for X-rays to double check that there is no significant subluxation (misalignment of the joint). The X-ray, which is usually free of charge, can save a great deal of trouble down the track. In most cases, the X-ray confirms that it is just soft tissue damage. In this case, we can reverse the damage and resolve the issue simply through gentle mobilisations or stretching.