Osteopathy for Knee Pain
Further information on knee pain
Most knee pain is due to altered joint and muscle mechanics particularly of the kneecap (patellofemoral joint).
The kneecap slides up and down on the cartilage surface of the thigh bone and is enveloped by the thigh muscles (quadriceps). The main action of the kneecap is to increase the leverage of the thigh muscles and increase power and range of knee extension.
If the kneecap is not sliding evenly in this groove, pain is highly likely to occur, especially when the thigh muscles are contracting (e.g squatting, walking up and down stairs, running). This is usually a gradual occurrence and explains why people may experience episodes of swelling after these activities.