Knee pain is very common and has many different causes. Knee pain may arise from an acute injury or trauma causing a ligament sprain, muscle strain or meniscus tear. More chronic knee pain may be the result of arthritis, bursitis, Osgood Schlatters disease, or biomechanical dysfunction such as patellofemoral syndrome or iliotibial band syndrome. Knee pain can also be referred from the lower back or can be a consequence of hip or foot problems due to a change in gait. Given the many possible causes of knee pain an accurate diagnosis is essential for proper management or referral to another health professional if warranted.
The chiropractors at Southern Region Chiropractic Mittagong and Goulburn first focus on diagnosing the cause of a patient’s knee pain in order to determine the best evidence-based treatment approach. This diagnosis is made after the chiropractor has taken a detailed history and performed a thorough examination. Treatment may include joint mobilisation or manipulation, soft tissue release, dry needling, advice on pain relieving methods and taping, ergonomic and activity modification advice, and the prescription of home exercises. The use of these techniques varies depending on the patient’s age, health and their personal preferences.