Knee pain originates from knee-cap, MCL , ACL and torn meniscus, baker's cyst and crepitus always also present.
Knee Region Basic Anatomy
Knee joint can be divided into two parts, the tibio-femoral joint and patello-femoral joint. The Anterior and Posterior Cruciate Ligaments, Medial and Lateral Collateral Ligaments help to stabilise the knee joint to prevent excessive gilding over of femur on tibia.
Patellofemoral joint is a modified plane joint. The patella gilds on femur when bending or straightening knee, following the pathway formed by contour of distal femur and muscle tension by medial and lateral thigh muscle groups. The Screw home mechanism is easily impaired with muscle imbalance, and it will further cause the tearing of patellar cartilage.
Common Knee Pain Reasons
- Anterior Cruciate Ligament Sprain / Strain
- Medial Collateral Ligament Sprain / Strain
- Chondromalacia Patella
- Baker's Cyst
- Medial Plica Syndrome
- Knee Joint Osteoarthritis
How Traditional Chinese Medicine and Physiotherapy help?
- Massage and Manual therapy
Release muscle tightness, correct alignment and improve joint range of motion.
- Traditional Chinese Medicine
Improve body energy level, and promote balance of health.[Read]
- Exercise Therapy
Promote injuried tissue healing, improve function of affected area.
1) Study suggest acupuncture and physiotherapy are both effective for osteoarthritic knee rehabilitation, in terms of signs and symptoms, and function. However, results also suggest acupuncture might also help for cartilage regeneration. In the study, 50 of the subjects aged from 30 to 80, was randomly allocated to acupuncture group or physiotherapy group. Acupuncture were given on alternate day for four weeks, while physiotherapy were given 5 times a week for four weeks. After treatment intervention, both group subject gained significant improvement in osteoarthritis symptoms score, but acupuncture group gained further improvement in MRI T2 result than physiotherapy group. Result suggests acupuncture improve knee pain symptoms and also benefit cartilage regeneration.
Yan Zhang, Fei Bao, Yan Wang, et la.(2016). Influence of acupuncture in the treatment of knee osteoarthritis and cartilage repairing. American Journal of Transitional Research, 8(9), 3995-4002. (Read)