Well done if you completed the Melbourne marathon a couple of weeks ago. With this in mind we thought it would be a great time to talk about knee pain. The knee is a synovial (meaning its full of fluid) type hinge joint that is the articulation between the femur (thigh bone) and tibia. It is held together by ligaments (ACL, PCL, MCL, LCL) and a joint capsule. The end of your femur and tibia are covered in cartilage as well as a tissue known as the meniscus, which acts like a shock absorber for you knee. The primary movements available are flexion and extension, with minimal levels of rotation also available.
So, what actually causes knee pain? Well there is a number of different things that we see in clinic particularly in those who have increased the amount of training they have done due to the Melbourne Marathon (well done BTW!). But as a general rule the many causes we see in clinic are due to overuse (ie- increased training loads), trauma (such as sporting impact injuries) or degeneration.
COMMON CONDITIONS OF THE KNEE
- Muscle Strains
- Tendon Injuries
- Joint or Meniscus Irritation
- Patella Tracking Issues
- Traumatic injuries
You may be experiencing these or it may be that your knee pain is a symptom referring from another area like the low back, hip, foot or ankle. This is where the team at Melbourne Osteopathic clinic may help, our Osteopaths are university trained to assess and diagnose the cause of your problem. We provide hands-on treatment to help facilitate healing in those problematic areas. We will then provide strength and rehabilitation exercises to help get you back to pain free and keep you there.
Not sure where to start with your knee pain? Book an appointment here https://melbourne-osteopathy.cliniko.com/bookings#location
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