Shoulder, Hip And Knee Pain
Every patient’s healing ability is different. However, the knee and shoulder are two of the trickiest joints in the body to heal. In many patients it can take weeks and so care and patience is needed.
Common shoulder injuries
- Frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis) – this is where the joint capsule becomes inflamed and thickens, resulting in a stiff and painful shoulder
- Bubacromial impingement – there is a small space between the bone of the arm and the a bone in the shoulder. As structures run through this subacromial space, they can get irritated and inflamed. This can cause pain in the shoulder and arm.
- Rotator cuff injury – these muscles in the shoulder allow rotation to occur in the arm. These are one of the structures that can get impinged in the subacromial space causing pain. It is possible to have rotator cuff tears as well.
- Tendonitis – the area where a muscle joins onto a bone is called a tendon. Tendonitis is where the tendon gets inflamed.
- Bursitis – bursa are sacs of fluid that prevent friction between structures within a joint. Bursitis is where the bursa gets inflamed.
Common hip injuries
- Muscle strain
Common knee injuries
- Ligament strain
- Meniscoid strain
- Burisitis – inflammation of protective pads within the knee
Osteopathy can help with shoulder, hip and knee and injuries by reducing the inflammation within the joint and returning the joint to its full range of motion. Osteopathy can also help with osteoarthritis using techniques to encourage movement throughout the joint as well as providing exercise patients can do at home to encourage the healing process. An osteopath can also provide patient with advice if they need to seek further medical care for their injury.