Over the past ten years there has been a 36% rise in the number of total knee replacements.
Knee pain, as elsewhere in the body, can be extremely acute or in the case of osteoarthritis a constant dull ache. Knees are more likely to develop osteoarthritis if they have been injured in the past, for example a torn ACL or meniscus injury experienced on the footy field or netball court in your younger years. Advancing age and obesity also contribute to the increased risk of developing an osteoarthritic knee.
Sharper more acute knee pain is often the result of sudden injury but can also be an overuse injury. You may experience pain, swelling and or stiffness with acute or chronic pain.
Osteopathic treatment for knee pain includes a thorough assessment using both osteopathic assessment tools and neuro-orthopaedic examination. Treatment is aimed at decreasing any swelling that may be present, releasing muscular and fascial tension and mobilising the joint. More broadly, your osteopath will also treat surrounding and connected structures to improve function of your whole lower limb and body.
Traditional chinese medicine treatment will include medical and Chinese medical assessment and diagnosis to determine the underlying cause of your knee pain. Treatment will then include gentle needling of appropriate acupuncture points and possible herbal medicine prescription.