The knee joint is the largest joint in the body. It is referred to as a hinge joint. It is a load bearing joint that’s commonly injured.
The knee anatomy consists of
- A number of powerful muscles
- Strong ligamentous framework
- Shock absorbers called menisci
- Fat Pads
- Large Tendon attachments
- Bursae (small pouches of fluid that can swell up)
Dependent on the nature of complaint any one or combination of these structures could be causing your knee pain.
At body balance we will assess your knee pain in detail looking at all the structures whilst making sure that the pain isn’t being referred from the elsewhere, such as the hip in order fully understand the cause and source of the pain.
We will look for signs of injury, swelling heat, bruising as well as how the knee works in conjunction with joints both above and below.
The biomechanics of the knee are very important. Any misalignment can lead to imbalances which if left can lead to knee pain and if left too long could lead to arthritic changes, a very common problem, especially as we age or if we’ve played lots of sport or used the knee incorrectly for long periods of time. An interesting fact is that for every extra one pound of body mass it increases the weight transfer through the knee to 3 pounds when we walk and a staggering 10 pounds when we run, something which your osteopath can advise on is how to possibly manage other factors contributing to your pain such as diet and lifestyle advice.