Knee Pain

 At Oxford Osteopaths knee pain is number 4 in our commonly presenting conditions. We see runners, cyclists and sports players of all kinds with knee problems. You can be sure you'll get good treatment and a recovery exercise program to suit your condition.

Knee Pain

Your knees are one of the most important joints in your body.

We use our knees to walk, run, bend and jump - so if you are experiencing aches and pains in your knee, it can have a big impact on your life. The key to good results is correct diagnosis and early treatment. Don't leave it until further damage occurs.

Anterior Knee Pain

Anterior knee pain (AKP) is pain in the front of your knee which is very common - it's the second most common musculoskeletal condition after lower back pain.

It is usually not related to any significant injury and is usually caused by overusing the joint and repeatedly placing strain on the knee.

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Lateral Knee Pain

Lateral (outer) knee pain can be caused by several things, but the most common cause is an overuse injury. The pain on the outside of your knee is also called Runner's Knee.

The ITB band, is a thick band of fibrous tissue that runs down the outside of the leg  and works in coordination with several of the thigh muscles to provide stability to the knee. Injury to the ITB band usually causes pain that worsens with continued movement, and improves with rest.

Ligament/Cartilage Injuries

  • A sprain/strain - one or more ligaments is overstretched through twisting or pulling

  • A tear - either a partial tear or complete rupture of the muscle

  • Damage to the cartilage in your knee 

  • This could be caused by an acute injury or trauma or due to a more gradual onset because of deterioration/wear and tear

Ligaments connect one bone to another. They provide your knee with stability and limit the amount the joint can move. People who sustain an injury to their ACL may complain of symptoms of the knee 'giving out'.


Your knee is like a hinge, cartilage covers the ends of the bones to allow smooth movement when you bend, or straighten it. 

Osteoarthritis is when the cartilage is gradually worn away with age or after injury, mainly at the points of greatest pressure. The two surfaces rub against each other - sometimes you can hear or feel it. This can lead to pain, stiffness and loss of movement, swelling and deformity. It can lead to your knees giving way because the muscles around the joint can become weak.

How Oxford Osteopaths can help

Knee pain is the fourth most common condition seen by our osteopaths. We pride ourselves on a through examinination and identification of underlying causes before commencing any form of treatment.