Treating Knee Pain Is A Joint Effort

To get the best treatment, you need to find the source of the pain

There are so many parts to the knee, how do I know what is causing my pain?

The cause of your knee pain is very relevant to the location on the knee. The knee can be broken down into 4 main parts which can help determine what the cause of pain is. Some testing will still need to be done to confirm this of course. However,  the location is a primary indicator of the structures involved.

Let’s break it down

To start breaking down what is causing our knee pain, we first must break down the knee into four main parts. These four main parts are the inner (medial), the outer (lateral), the front (anterior) and the back (posterior) portions. These different regions contain different structures which act on the knee to create movement. Details about common causes of each region can be found below: 

Medial Knee:

  • Meniscal tear
  • Medial collateral ligament tear
  • Weak medial quad (Vastus medialis)
  • Altered joint angle from the hip
  • Altered joint angle from the foot and ankle.
  • Osteoarthritis

Lateral knee:

  • Proximal tibiofibular joint hypomobility
  • Popliteus tendon injury
  • ITB tendonitis
  • Lateral collateral ligament tear
  • Meniscal tear

Anterior:

  • Inflammation of the infrapatellar fat pad
  • Osteoarthritis
  • ACL tear
  • Patellofemoral pain syndrome
  • Meniscal tear
  • Osgood Schlatters disease
  • Chondromalacia patella syndrome 

Posterior:

  • Altered joint angle from the hip
  • Altered joint angle from the foot or ankle
  • PCL tear
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Bakers cyst

Although there are a lot of big words up there, most of these conditions can be assessed and treated without surgery or imaging. If you can strengthen the right areas and release the areas causing too much friction these pains may decrease and resolve without any invasive treatment at all.

It may not just be that you’re getting old, take control and get yourself out of pain. 

KNEEd more? Visit your therapist at Health Place

At Health Place we have talented Myotherapists who can use a variety of techniques to help ease your knee pain. One of these techniques is Myofascial release which uses gentle, sustained pressure to release tension and restrictions of the connective tissue. Other Myotherapy techniques we commonly use to treat knee problems include general massage, cupping, dry needling, and stretching of the calves, hip, thigh, and also lower back muscles.

We always make time for testing which is key to solving issues with pain and restricted movement. At the start we will take time to assess your condition and at the end of the treatment we will re-assess your knee function. Your Myotherapist will discuss strengthening and lengthening activities you can perform at home to take pro-active care of your knee health and return to everyday, enjoyable movement.

For any more information or questions, feel free  call us  at (07) 3852 2434 or email us at info@healthplace.com.au

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