Manipulation for Knee Pain

physiotherapist doctor rehabilitation consulting physiotherapy giving exercising knee treatment with patient in physio clinic or hospital


While some patients do benefit from manipulation of the knee, it is not recommended for acute problems.  Manipulation under anesthesia (MUA) has been shown to be effective for some conditions.

Treatment Ratings


RISK: 4/5

Risks for manipulation under anesthesia include the usual risks from anesthesia, and risks of further injury from manipulation under anesthesia. MUA (manipulation under anesthesia) is typically performed for stiffness in the joint following total knee arthroscopy. Risks for manipulation, such as chiropractic manipulation, are also thought to be rare.


Kelli S. Baum, Tianyi D. Luo, Shea Comadoll, Anthony Marois, Maxwell Langfitt, John Shields,Alternative technique for knee manipulation under anesthesia,Arthroplasty Today,Volume 4, Issue 4,2018,Pages 452-453.


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