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knee pain, injuries and osteoarthritis

The most common complaints of knee pain are referred to as wear and tear or Osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is a condition whereby the knee complex becomes inflamed and painful upon movement, as other parts of the anatomy works much harder to compensate for the knee joint. It will also be stiff when still.

The symptoms of this condition can be often improved by reducing compensatory inflammation, retrain postural patterns as well as allowing the nervous system to function more optimally to reduce the complex issue involved. The knee is a complex joint that relies heavily on ligaments and muscles for stability.

 knee pain

the knee is a major weight-bearing joint and is composed of:
  • tibio-femoral joint (between the thigh and lower leg)

  • patello-femoral joint (between the knee cap and the thigh)

  • muscles and ligaments, which gives active and passive stability to the knee

  • two ring-shaped cartilage discs in the knee, called the menisci

When assessing pain from the knee we must consider all the aspects that integrate: the low back, hip, pelvis, ankle and foot all have a direct influence on the knee, and vice versa. In certain conditions pain can be referred from other structures in the low back, pelvis and hip into the knee.


If other joints in the lower limb are not working correctly, they can increase stress on the knee joint, resulting in injury over time. Therefore, to resolve knee pain and maximise long-term improvement chiropractors may also treat other areas of the spine and body.

Care from one of our Chiropractors in Edinburgh can increase mobility and lessen pain. Treatment can be quite effective for many conditions. Chiropractic can illuminate the need to undergo micro discectomy surgery and can be helpful prior to and post hip and knee surgery to aid mobility and strengthen the supporting muscles effectively increasing mobility and reducing pain.

diagram showing anatomy of knee
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