We find that many people have been told, you’ll need an operation on your knee for it to improve, or ‘you have arthritis’ and there’s nothing we can do, ‘you need to get a knee replacement.'
In some cases yes surgery is the best option especially if your knee is causing you a lot of discomfort, instability and you’re unable to normal daily activities.
However, for those who have been told this before they’ve even tried conservative (non-invasive) treatment – hands-on treatment, manual therapy, exercise
Why is Your Body in Pain?
Much of the time if there
The pain can often be due to muscular tension (typically a dull ache), and yes you may have some changes in the structure of your
Treatment is Not Just Pain Relief
But pain relief is not the only benefit. If you are heading down the road of surgery, this means you’re going to have to rehab to get the most out of it!
Treatment is also an opportunity to help you slowly learn corrective exercises. Often pain can cause muscles to turn off, and it’s difficult to learn how to use them again!
By easing discomfort your body is more willing to engage muscles and strengthen them. We call this time prehab. It’s doing the work to get you in the best shape in prep for surgery so that you have optimal outcomes and get the most out of surgery,
Exercises to Get You Started
DOWNLOAD our basic knee exercises. *Please note that you may have some difficulty engaging these muscles if you have a chronic knee injury. This is where we can help with treatment. To help stimulate your muscles to make it easier to exercise them.
Benefits of Treatment Before Surgery
And, sometimes we find that people who so urgently needed surgery, actually don’t! They can reduce their pain killers, return to some level of activity and post-pone surgery for months or years.
So if you’ve been told you have a degenereative knee. Lets help either get you in shape for surgery or even prevent it needing to happen in the first place!
How Does Arthritis of the Knee Develop?
The progression towards arthritis is usually because of a previous trauma or injury causing a change in mechanics and load to your joint. In your knee it could be:
- Sprain knee – injury to the medial or lateral collateral ligaments
- Cartilage issue – meniscus tag or tear
- Internal ligament damage – the anterior cruciate ligament or posterior cruciate ligament
Address the Issue
As always, it’s important to address the underlying reasons that may have led to your condition in the first place: Existing weakness, biomechanical issues which need correcting etc…
Don’t get us wrong, we’re not against surgery at all. It is amazing what it can do. But don’t use it as your only ‘fix’.
Osteopath, Herbalist, Western Acupuncturist & Psychosomatic Therapist.
Jin is an intuitive therapist with 12 years of clinical experience. Her passion is the mind-body connection and how our physical body is a manifestation of our emotional state. She loves to get to the root of people's issues by delving deeper.
Jin's areas of special interest are frozen shoulder, jaw pain, sacro-iliac joint pain and pregnancy related issues.
Favourite technique: Jin uses a variety of treatment modalities but her favourite for getting results is dry needling and psychosomatic therapy.