The biggest joint in the human skeletal make-up is the knee. Rightfully to be so, the knee carries the weight of the entire body particularly when we are standing up. In which case, pain on the knee is indeed debilitating.
Knee pain can have many causes. Osteopathy can provide advice and treatment to help assist in its healing or to avoid further deterioration. However, if early treatment is not done, then surgery may the only possible course of action.
Causes and Symptoms
Damage, strain, or sprain to the structures of the knee can give rise to the pain and other symptoms. It can be the result of a sudden injury (from a strenuous sport activity) or by repeatedly applying tension on the knee and surrounding areas. Improper alignment kneecap and alteration of its joint mechanics including those in the hips other nearby joints should be taken into consideration. Osteoarthritis or “wear and tear” is a condition that can cause pain on the knee and is common to most adults.
A trouble on the knee may sometimes have symptoms other than pain. It can involve stiffness, soreness, immobility, swelling, and hardness when trying to straighten or bend the entire leg.
Diagnosis and Osteopathic Treatment
To diagnose the cause and enable the attending practitioner to know what is the best possible treatment for application, certain tests should be done using x-rays, scans, and other applicable equipment. Osteopaths will find what is causing the pain on your knee. Once ascertained, he or she will provide assistance in correcting the improper mechanics of your knee and other joints. His/her aim is to help you restore your movement with confidence and maintain the comfort of your mobility.
In some cases, the osteopath may have to do a referral in order for the condition to undergo further medical examination.
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