Joint Problems

Joints form the junctions between our bones.  Their flexibility is essential to allow us movement however it can also make joints vulnerable to injury.

Common joint problems

Osteopaths are able to treat pain and injury suffered in any joint however the most common joint problems we treat are:

  • Shoulder problems (e.g. frozen shoulder)
  • Elbow and wrist sprains
  • Hip pain and stiffness
  • Knee pain and instability
  • Runners Knee (patellofemoral pain syndrome)
  • Sprained ankles

What are the causes?

Joints can suffer pain and damage as a result of a one-off injury or sprain, or become injured over time as a result of continuous or repetitive activity.

Pain in the joints can be the result of damage to the tough, articular surface (cartilage) of the bones, inflammation in and around the fluid within the joint, or damage to the muscles, ligaments and tendons that surround the joint.

How can osteopathy help?

Osteopaths can help mobilise the injured joint by employing techniques of articulation, massage and stretching in order to reduce pain and inflammation.

Most of our osteopaths are also trained to use acupuncture (dry needling) to penetrate deep into the joint to help reduce the effects of inflammation.

We will also work on the muscles, tendons and ligaments surrounding the joint and advise on exercises to aid recovery and rehabilitation.