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Knee Pain

Knee pain can be localised, refer pain up into the groin or down to the ankle and foot, all of which can be debilitating but most of all worrying. Our Chiropractors, Osteopaths and Physiotherapists are all qualified to assess and diagnose many types of knee pain. We can create management plans to treat and prevent your symptoms and put your mind at ease.

Here are a few common causes of knee pain that we manage regularly at Summit East Sheen and East Grinstead.

Patellofemoral Pain

PFPS is a very challenging condition that can be very frustrating to live with. It is pain in and around the knee joint, most often behind the knee-cap but can be flitting. It is made worse by sporting activity such as lunging, jumping and squatting, but also by repeated bending. There is great debate as to what causes the pain, some describe an imbalance in muscle activity placing tension on the knee-cap, others suggest shearing mechanisms associated with repeated sporting activity or faulty movement techniques. It is most likely both of the above.

PFPS responds well to rest from the aggravating factors, strengthening of the glutes, quadriceps and stretching of the hamstrings and calves. Soft tissue therapy will help to reduce pain and improve mobility and taping techniques can help stabilise the knee. Assessment for faulty movement patterns or incorrect training methods will serve to reduce reccurrence. Retraining how you move during stairs, running, walking or cycling can have a hugely positive effect on pain and reduce the chances of pain returning.

Iliotibial Band Syndrome

ITB syndrome is a frequent cause of lateral knee pain in runners. This thick fascia that runs down the outside of the leg serves to stabilise the knee when running and walking. Repeated hip and knee flexion can cause a rubbing of this tight band of fascia over the lateral aspect of the knee causing pain and stiffness. It starts as pain during running, and the can progress to pain after as well as during running.

Treatments involves assessing gait and running mechanics to see if faulty biomechanics may be a factor. Soft tissue techniques and strengthening exercises reduce the tension on the IT band and running/ cycling analysis can help spot the causative factors.

Osteoarthritis

The knee is a load bearing joint and as such is open to joint degeneration including joint narrowing and cartilage thinning. This can cause pain around the knee, mostly on weight bearing activities like kneeling, walking or running. Onset is mostly gradual without injury but early onset can be caused by trauma or previous surgery.

Knee degenerative change responds well to manual treatments and acupuncture alongside a specific exercise program lead by your chiropractor, osteopath or physio.

Patella Tendinopathy

Also known as jumpers knee, patella tendinopathy is pain below the kneecap usually associated with activity. The area can be very tender to touch and can become swollen. It is caused by repetitive loading to the patella tendon such as with a sudden increase in training or weekly mileage. Treatment involves offloading the tendon and then strategically implementing a specific strengthening program in order to help the tendon adapt and deal with the sudden changes during jumping and running.

Shockwave therapy is a very effective treatment for chronic patella tendon pain even if it has not responded to other treatments.

Osteopathy

East Sheen, Richmond and East Grinstead

1hr – Initial Consultation with treatment – £79

30 minute follow up – £59

Chiropractic

East Sheen, Richmond and East Grinstead

1hr – Initial Consultation with treatment – £79

30 minute follow up – £59

Physiotherapy

East Sheen, Richmond

1hr – Initial Consultation with treatment – £79

30 minute follow up – £59

Our clinics are based in Richmond and East Grinstead. As Chiropractors, Osteopaths, Physio’s, Sports Therapists and Massage Therapists we regularly see patients with neck pain, back pain, sports injuries and other musculoskeletal issues, tailoring our treatments individually to each patient along with a full rehab program. Our therapists in are fully registered and undergo extensive training to treat pain using various techniques including Chiropractic, Osteopathy & Physiotherapy plus acupuncture & dry needling.

If you live in East Sheen, Mortlake, Kew, Barnes, East Grinstead or the surrounding areas feel free to drop in to discuss your pain and how our Chiropractor can help, or contact us via email or phone. Alternatively you can simply book online!

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