Knee Pain – What Can You Do About It

| August 9, 2016 | 0 Comments

knee pain

It’s a pain in the knee!

Ever feel like your knee pain never really goes away? You’re not alone! Long standing, chronic, knee pain is on the rise and is a common complaint brought up in the treatment room.

The knee isn’t just black and white. It’s a hinge joint, like a door, for your femur, the thigh bone, and your tibia, the shin bone. Like every good door it has been well installed and has a number of structures to maintain smooth, controlled movement. This includes your knee cap that acts as a pulley, cartilage for a smooth ride as well as muscle and ligaments for stability and control. These may all be a source or a contributing factor to you knee pain.

There can be a number of reasons for your knee pain, commonly trauma from an accident at sport or a fall, muscular imbalance and poor biomechanics, or just wear and tear of the joint that happens over time. It can often feel like weakness, that you don’t trust it to hold you up or you might or it might pop, click or lock into place. You may notice swelling or it may turn red and hot.

So what type is yours? The best way to find this out is to have an assessment. This can be done by and allied health professional or by your GP. After testing all these structures in your knee, manual treatment, exercises and stretches, scans or a referral to a specialist or other allied health practitioner, like and osteopath or a podiatrist, will follow.

But what else can you do?

  • Strengthening exercises: This will help to balance muscular tension around the knee and help to improve joint control. These can be prescribed by a trainer or health care professional.
  • Stretching and massage: This can help to improve the length in the muscle. A tight short muscle, isn’t a strong one. This too, will help balance you out.
  • Swimming and bike riding: Non weight-bearing activates can assist you through acute or intense periods of knee pain. Keeping active will always be beneficial. Using the pool equipment, be it a noodle, kick board or a pool boy, will help you keep active during this time and target those supportive muscles. Once again have a chat to your health care provider as to what you need to do.
  • Train with someone that knows: Exercising with an expert will help you to overcome your pain and discomfort. Our bodies are designed to move, some in different ways to others. Someone that knows your body will help you get the most out of it.

Stay tuned for a break down about different knee conditions and some more specific ways to keep you moving.

Questions? Feel free to call the Health Creation Centre (03 52553411) and we will be happy to chat with you about any knee issues that may arise.

 

 

Article by:

Christine Fraser

Osetopath

Health Creation Centre

Ocean Grove

Filed Under: Injuries / Recovery

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