Knee pain has a variety of causes including:
- Ligament damage/injury
- Tendon damage
- Cartilage damage
- Growth spurts in adolescents
- Excess weight
In the first instance an osteopath will work to diagnose the root cause of your knee pain (unless you already know it). This information will then dictate the treatment plan that you follow. In general, any injuries to ligaments, tendons or muscles will be treated by massage and stimulation to loosen the soft tissue in and around the affected area.
In the case of arthritis being diagnosed by your osteopath, if you have not already had the issue addressed by your GP you may wish to make this your first port of call as the prescription of anti-inflammatory drugs can be a useful starting point to any effective treatment plan.
Carrying excess weight can have a detrimental effect on a number of the body’s joints, including the knees. An osteopath may well be able to relieve some of the symptoms using the techniques described above, but they may well advise you on diet and exercise with a view to alleviating your symptoms through weight loss.