A bit about the knee...
The knee joint is particularly vulnerable to damage and pain because it takes the full weight of your body and any extra force when you run or jump. (Source: NHS Choices)
Experiencing sudden pain in one knee is usually due to the knee having been overused or suddenly injured. However if someone is experiencing pain in more than one joint this may be caused by arthritis.
What can go wrong?
Common knee problems include:
- Osteoarthritis - wear and tear of the cartiilage of the knee
- Torn ligaments such as the anterior cruciate or medial collateral ligaments
- Torn meniscus - the pad of cartilage between the bones of the knee
- Patello-femoral pain syndrome - pain at the front of knee which can be associated with clicking
- Runner's knee - due to tight muscles usually from running long distances
- Osgood schlatter's disease - common in young children after a growth spurt
- Patella tendonitis - inflammation of the main tendon at the front of the knee
- Housemaid's knee or bursitis - build up of fluid around the front of the knee as a result of excessive kneeling
What can cause knee injuries?
Some of the most common causes of knee pain include;
- Trauma - ACL tears are common amongst footballers
- Age - wear and tear causes osteoarthritis as we age
- Obesity - increased load puts excessive force on the knee and increases the risk of developing arthritis and meniscus tears
- Excessive activity - increasing exercise too quickly or overloading the knee
Specialist treatment and prevention of knee injuries...
At The Medical we offer a wide range of services to treat the physical effects of knee injuries. Our specialist practitioners, combined with the unique treatment methodology we've developed, means we deliver the highest quality service and best possible results:
- Diagnosis - X-rays and 3D Movement Scanners
- Treatment - manual therapy, such as joint manipulation/mobilisation and massage, carried out by physiotherapists, chiropractors or osteopaths
- Strength and conditioning - Pilates and rehabilitation where you're taught exercises to strengthen your muscles and improve your posture