Knee Pain

About Knee Pain

Knee pain is quite common and experienced by people of all ages. It may start suddenly, such as after exercise or an injury, or start as a minor discomfort that develops over time. Excessive knee pain can often lead to people avoiding certain activities, such as walking, running or biking. Over time, the lack of physical activity can lead to other health problems and prevent the knee from having support, causing their pain to be further exacerbated. 

Early treatment of knee pain, along with the underlying causes, can help people return to their normal activities sooner. This will improve their health both short term and long term.

Chiropractic care for knee pain includes first identifying the underlying cause of the pain, which could be an injury, mechanical problem or some kind of arthritis. Once this is known, the chiropractor can determine the best treatment for the pain.

Knee Pain symptoms

There are three main types of problems that can lead to pain in the knee.

  • Injuries – damage to any part of the knee
  • – Example: ACL Tear

  • Mechanical Problems – a change in the function of the knee leading to pain
  • – Example: Hip pain causing changes in gate or the way a person uses their leg

  • Arthritis – Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Gout and Septic Arthritis can all cause swelling and pain in the knee.

How Chiropractic Care Relieves Knee Pain?

First we will do a thorough physical examination, this allows us to identify the underlying cause of the knee pain. Even if the pain is located in the knee, the origin of the problem could lie elsewhere in the body. For example, runners often complain of a tight iliotibial (IT) band. This is often caused by weakness in certain muscles, which makes them walk or run unevenly. In order to stabilize the joints, the IT band has to work harder. Over time, this can cause it to tighten, leading to knee pain.

Spine and joint manipulation can improve the functioning of the knee by relaxing the muscles of the body, increasing range of motion in the knee, and reducing other problems in the body that could be contributing to the pain in the knee. Chiropractors may also use other techniques, such as ultrasound therapy or ice massage to help reduce inflammation in the knee. They may also apply kinesiology tape to the body to treat ligament injuries, stabilize the problem area and reduce inflammation.