Knee Pain – Let’s Solve It!

man holding painful knee

Knee'd some help?

Knee pain! Do you have achy knees? Do they feel stiff after you’ve sat down for a while? Or maybe every time you start to progress with your running, your knee flares up AGAIN? This can often go on for a long time with periods of feeling good, then out of nowhere your knee feels sore again.

You are not alone – this is a common problem that people from different backgrounds experience.

  • 28-30% of running injuries are knee-related (Taunton et al. 2002)
  • 27% of adolescent female injuries involve knee pain (Hall et al. 2014)
  • Up to 25.1% of those above 56 years old can experience knee pain (Turkiewicz et al. 2015)

So what can we do?

At Bearsden Osteopaths we are trained to assess, diagnose, and treat all kinds of knee pain. This is personalised to you as everybody is different; everybody has their own story to tell as to how they got to where they are now. 

All appointments include:

  • Case history questioning
  • A physical examination
  • An explanation of your condition and how you got there
  • Hands-on treatment and specific exercises aimed at getting you back to work/ your sport ASAP

To get things started – let’s get you performing a basic (not necessarily easy!) movement - the single leg squat.

  1. Stand straight with hands by your side in front of a mirror if possible (to observe yourself)
  2. Begin with non-symptomatic leg first
  3. Shift your weight onto one leg by lifting the other behind you
  4. Slowly bend your knee and lower yourself down
  5. Go as far as comfortable, then return to the starting position
  6. Repeat four more times
Our osteopath, Harry, showing you an exercise. Standing on one leg with the other bent at the knee
Harry demonstrating a knee exercise. He is standing on one leg with the other bend, lowering himself down with flexed toes
Harry showing a knee exercise. He is standing on one leg, the other is bent at the knee and he is lowering himself down

With this we can see what’s going on at the ankle, knee, hip, and lower back. As the knee is in between the ankle and hip, it often takes up the slack of any dysfunction at these two joints. Dysfunction can mean tightness or weakness of muscles, or a joint not moving optimally. The knee joint/surrounding muscles then are forced to perform a role that they’re not used to – a role that they’re not very good at! If you must do a job that you don’t enjoy you start to complain – so does your knee.






When things go wrong!

Osteopath showing what can go wrong when doing this knee exercise

So give it a go! Can you see what doesn’t look good? Is it hard? Does it hurt your knee? Is your ankle tight? How is your balance? All these thoughts are going through our head whilst you perform this exercise.

We can identify what is the weak link and provide rehabilitative exercises that will help. All can be made more complex, or easier. Everybody is different and there will be good days and bad days! Eventually, you can see yourself move better – and be in less pain



“Amazing! The calf pain had gone with a couple of sessions. My back had improved also. It has helped me keep fit and healthy which means so much to me!” Nicola

“I used to have outer hip pain every time I walked any distance. After practicing the squat and changing the way I moved, the hip pain has gone – and stayed away!” Samantha

So, record yourself! Send it in and we will reply with how to improve! Or if you’re ready to get moving and feeling better today, contact us on one of the methods below!

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