Lisburn Chiropractic Clinic | Belfast | Northern Ireland
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Knee Pain

The knee is a joint which is commonly injured. The thigh bone (femur) meets the large shin bone (tibia) forming the main knee joint. The kneecap (patella) joins the femur to form a joint, called the patellofemoral joint. There are many ligaments surrounding the knee, as well as within the knee. Within the knee, is thickened cartilage, known as the meniscus. This acts as a cushion for the knee joint.

There are many conditions and injuries which can occur in the knee, the most common of which are:

Trauma - can cause injury to the ligaments on the inner portion of the knee (medial collateral ligament), the outer portion of the knee (lateral collateral ligament), or within the knee (cruciate ligaments). Injuries to these areas are noticed as immediate pain. A ligament injury to the knee is usually painful at rest and may be swollen and warm. The pain is usually worsened by bending the knee, putting weight on the knee, or walking.

The meniscus – can be torn with the shearing forces of rotation that are applied to the knee during sharp rapid motions, such as sports injuries. This is especially common in sports which require fast reaction body movements, such as rugby, football, tennis and running. A meniscal tear may have a rapid onset of a popping sensation with a certain activity or movement of the knee. Occasionally, it is associated with swelling and warmth in the knee. It is often associated with locking or an unstable sensation in the knee joint.

At Lisburn Chiropractic Clinic, the approach to your knee complaint will be to determine exactly what the injury is. Chiropractors will always assess the rest of your spine and determine whether there are other imbalances within the kinematic range of motion. It is not unlikely to find associated problems elsewhere such as the hip or lower lumbar spine. Treatment may include gentle soft tissue release, manual adjustments or dry kneeding/acupuncture.

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