Knee pain can come from a number of sources.
- Patello-femoral (knee cap) pain– is usually due to the knee cap not tracking properly. The knee cap glides in a groove at the lower end of the thigh (femur) bone. This is caused by the biomechanics of our body, that is how we are moving body parts above and below the knee. If you have tight hips, or stiff or mobile feet, that can affect the knee joint.
2. Knee joint Inflammation – torsions or twists in the body above and below the knee can cause wear and tear or inflammation in the knee. If the top part of your body rotates one way, and the bottom part rotates another, the knee is the victim. The knee being primarily a hinge joint, gets aggravated by too much rotation in this situation. You need the cause of your knee misalignment to be properly assessed by a Physio trained to assess the body as a whole.
3. Bursitis – this is caused again when the biomechanics of how you are moving the knee are nonoptimal. The bursa is a sack of fluid that pads the surfaces between a bone and tendon, providing cushioning.
4. Arthritis – is best prevented by correcting alignment and regular movement. Not necessarily rest!
Physiotherapy here at The Physio & Yoga Clinic can assess where the problem is and advise on the correct exercises to rebalance the knee.
You can be guided as to what muscles or fascia need releasing and what needs strengthening and parts of the body above or below the knee can be treated to restore correct alignment.