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Managing Knee Pain

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Knee injuries are common within athletes, it’s a condition we treat regularly at Wellness Osteo, but what are the most common knee injuries and how are they treated?

 

The most common knee injuries are: 

  • Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL

  • Medial collateral ligament (MCL)

  • Meniscus tears or strains. 

Athletes who play high intensity sports such as Football, Basketball and soccer are much more likely to injure their ACL or MCL.

 

The ACL controls the back and forth motion of your knee, were as the MCL controls the sideways motion of your knee. The meniscus on the other hand act as shock absorbers within the knee reducing the stress between the tibia and the femur. 

 

The mechanism of injury, or how you hurt your knee is different for each structure. 

 

An ACL injury is often associated with changing direction rapidly, stopping suddenly or landing from a jump with a pivot. You might hear a “popping” noise and feel your knee give out from under you. An MCL injury is the most common major knee injury and is caused by a force to the outside of the knee with some twisting. This could be from changing direction or landing awkwardly and pivoting. Meniscus injuries are caused by a twisting trauma, also possibly from changing direction, landing awkwardly and pivoting. 

 

All three injuries will cause pain and swelling, loss of full range of motion, and discomfort while walking. While about half of all injuries to the ACL will also include damage to the MCL and medial meniscus, and if all three are done at once it is called the terrible triad. 

 

Most ligament injuries can be diagnosed through physical examination of the knee, but to be certain an MRI scan is needed. 

 

Osteopathy can be utilised to treat injured knees through the philosophy of treating the body as one whole unit. This is achieved by loosening off surrounding structures and postural alignment of the body, that then takes pressure off the affected knee and allows the body to heal itself. 

 

A fully torn or ruptured ACL will not heal without surgery, but non-surgical treatment such as Osteopathy and careful rehabilitation is necessary to restoring function to your knee and strengthening the leg muscles that support it. 

 

Phase one of treatment includes reducing the swelling and restoring the full range of motion to the knee. Phase two then moves towards strengthening surrounding structures to protect the knee, followed by strengthening to the structures in the knee itself. The final phase of rehab then is aimed at returning to the athlete’s specific sport in a stronger, more confident way. This whole process usually takes between 4 and 6 months. 

 

Rehabilitation and manual therapy such as Osteopathy, can help restore the knee to it’s pre-injury state.

To find out more about how Wellness Osteo manages knee pain please book an appointment to chat with one of our osteopaths.