Knee Pain

Knee pain is the most common musculoskeletal complaint that brings people to their Osteopath.

With today’s increasingly active society, the number of knee problems is increasing.

Knee pain has a wide variety of specific causes and treatments.

Having sore knees is common and isn’t usually a sign of anything serious. There are many possible causes, which can range from a simple muscle strain or tendonitis, to some kind of arthritis. Sometimes a cause can’t be found.

Knee pain can often be treated at home and you should start to feel better after a few days.

As you age, getting knee pain may become more common. You’re also more at risk of getting knee pain if you are overweight. Knee pain may sometimes be the result of a sports or other injury.


Knee injuries
Sprains, strains and tears are all types of knee injury. These can be caused by sports injuries, but you don’t have to be sporty to have this type of knee pain.

Sore or painful knees can be a sign of tendonitis.

This is when a tendon swells up and becomes painful – for example, after an injury. Read blog for more information on tendonitis.

Osgood-Schlatter’s disease
This is a condition that can affect children and young people. In Osgood-Schlatter’s disease, the bony lump below your knee cap becomes painful and swollen during and after exercise.

Patellofemoral pain syndrome
This is a common knee problem, that particularly affects children and young adults. People with patellofemoral pain syndrome usually have pain behind or around the kneecap.

Pain is usually felt when going up stairs, running, squatting, cycling, or sitting with flexed knees.

Exercise therapy is often prescribed for this condition.

Could my knee pain be arthritis?

Knee pain can develop gradually over time, might come on suddenly, or might repeatedly come and go. Whatever pattern the pain has, it is most often not due to arthritis, but might be in some people.

Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis. It can affect anyone at any age, but it is most common in people over 50.

If you have osteoarthritis of the knee, you might feel that your knee is painful and stiff at times. It might affect one knee or both.

The pain might feel worse at the end of the day, or when you move your knee, and it might improve when you rest. You might have some stiffness in the morning, but this won’t usually last more than half an hour.

Pain from osteoarthritis might be felt all around your knee, or just in a certain place, such as the front or side. It might feel worse after moving your knee in a particular way, such as going up or down stairs.

Managing your symptoms

Balancing Rest and Exercise 

  • 24 to 48 hours after your knee problem has started, you could:
    • rest your knee, but avoid having long periods where you don’t move at all when you are awake, move your knee gently for 10 to 20 seconds every hour.
  • After 48 hours:
    • Try to use your leg more, as exercise can help with long-term pain.
    • When going upstairs, lead with your good leg. Use the handrail, if there is one.
    • When going downstairs, lead with your sore leg. Use the handrail, if there is one.
    • Try to stick to your normal routine, if you can, as this can help your recovery. This includes staying at, or returning to, work.
  • Avoid heavy lifting until your pain has gone down and you have good range of movement in your knee.
  • Low-impact exercise, such as cycling and swimming, can be useful when recovering from a knee injury.
  • You can also try the exercises we recommend for knee pain.
Weight management

Heat/Ice packs – read blog

Suitable Footwear

When to see your local Osteopath

Osteopathy in Fair Oak, Eastleigh

Osteopathy may help your knee pain, depending on what has caused it and what part of your knee hurts. An Osteopath can give advice tailored to your individual situation.

Treatments your Osteopath may suggest / include:

  • a programme of exercises tailored to your particular needs – depending on what’s causing your knee pain, this may need to last for a while
  • taping of the kneecap – this involves applying adhesive tape over the kneecap to change the way your kneecap sits or moves
  • knee braces – you can buy these from sports shops, chemists and online retailers, but they’re not suitable for everyone or for all knee problems. Speak to your osteopath, if you want to know whether a brace is suitable for you.

Bookings and Payments

  • Book via my online booking system, It is really easy! Convenient, saving you time.
  • If you need to cancel a booking, a 24 hour cancellation period is required.
  • If you do not show up to the appointment you will be sent an invoice to cover loss of fees to the clinic and member of staff waiting for you. If you arrive late for your appointment, the full amount will still be charged, and your session will end at the allotted time.
  • There will be no refund on any treatment provided, or for missed appointments.


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