Hip pain is increasingly common as people are living longer. The NHS is predicting that hip replacements could rise by 40% over the next 30 years. Hip pain is normally the result of “wear and tear” or osteoarthritis causing degenerative changes to the tissues in the joint. In addition to pain the hip joint often becomes stiff limiting daily activities such as walking. Although we can’t reverse the changes in the hip, osteopathy can help the body to cope better with the problem. Patients report that pain levels can be reduced and mobility restored.
The knee joint is often exposed to strains in everyday life such as walking, lifting or carrying out housework. It is also a common site for sports injuries, either traumatic such as ligament strains or tears, or repetitive such as “runner’s knee”. Often problems with the knee may originate from the low back, hip or foot. Through a careful examination of the patient's bio-mechanics osteopathy can help resolve or improve many knee problems including:
- Ligament sprains
- Quatroceps tendinitis
- Patella deviation or "runner's knee"
- Bursitis or "housemail's knee"
- Osteoarthritis or "wear and tear"
Ankle and Foot Conditions
In addition to sports injuries our feet and ankles also have to cope with everyday stress and strain caused by standing and walking. Over time this can lead to weakening of the ligaments and connective tissue that support the ankles and arches in the foot. Poor footwear can lead to further problems. The feet can also be affected by problems elsewhere in the body especially in the knees and hips. Through assessing the joint mechanics and muscle balance in the legs and elsewhere, osteopaths can help the feet and ankles cope better with loads they carry. Some of the conditions patients come to us with include:
- Ligament sprains
- Plantar fasciitis or heal pain
- Metatarsalgia or pain in ball of the foot