Knee pain - melbourne

the knee is a very common presentation in clinic

Much like low back pain, most of us will experience some level of knee discomfort throughout our lives. Often associated with sporting injuries, it can also effect more sedentary populations, especially as we get older.

Maintaining a strong and healthy lower body is vital to continued participation in our day-to-day activities, sports or hobbies and maintaining our independence by avoiding risks of things like falls as we get older.

Knee pain is commonly associated with conditions such as patellar tendinopathy, patellofemoral syndrome, ITB syndrome or general osteoarthritis.

Some common causes of knee pain:

● Patellar tendinopathy
● Ligament or meniscus tear
● ITB compression
● Inflammed bursae
● Ligament sprains
● Poor patellar tracking
● Patellofemoral syndrome
● Biomechanical issues at hips or feet
● Increased levels of jumping, hopping or running

In our experience, knee pain is often due to three main factors:

1. Sudden increase in physical activity amount or intensity
2. High levels of activity during periods of growth (teen years)
3. Continued activities without adequate strength development

At Six Core Outcomes, as qualified Osteopaths and Biomedical Scientists we believe the most important thing is to determine the “root cause” of your symptoms and work together to prevent them from coming back.

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how do we treat knee pain at six core outcomes?

A typical appointment at Six Core Outcomes for knee complaints will involve ruling out any serious conditions before performing a comprehensive functional movement screen. By looking at how you move and using our state-of-the-art AxIT Strength System we can create a baseline for treatment and rehabilitation. 

Using our function-based approach rather than a pain-based treatment model it allows us to establish a working theory on the underlying root-cause of the pain symptoms. 

Some of our most-used knee treatment techniques include:

● Asking questions about your activities & training
● Education on possible causative factors
● Dry needling & cupping for tight muscles
● Electrotherapy for temporary pain relief 
● Guidance on program alterations for training
● AxIT System strength testing for asymmetry
● Isometric quad strength exercises
● Hamstring, glute & core strength exercises

Depending on your specific presentation your appointment may include:

● AxIT System strength testing
● Functional movement screening
● Neurological & orthopaedic tests
● Dry needling / functional cupping
● Electrotherapy (TENS / e-stim)
● Joint mobilisations
● General soft tissue work
● Stretches & strength exercises
● Ergonomic recommendations
● Activity modifications
● Lifestyle adjustments


At Six Core Outcomes we live at the intersection of manual therapy and movement science. We assess tissues and joints and if needed will use restorative input (dry needling, cupping, mobilisations etc) to decrease pain, release tight muscles and remove barriers to movement.

So whilst your appointment may include manual therapy or restorative input, we appreciate the short-term nature of the benefits and will aim to progress you to a movement-based intervention as soon as your body allows.

Remove the guesswork from your pain

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