Most of your daily activities rely on your knees. When you’re standing next to the sink washing dishes, your knees help to stabilize you. When you are walking, or running, your knees propel you forward and absorb shock with every step. When you lift something heavy, your knees translate muscle strength into motion.
We don’t notice our knees much until something goes wrong. A little knee pain can make the smallest daily tasks difficult. Simply standing up from a chair or getting out of bed can be a problem, but you don’t have to live with knee pain. A chiropractor can help you mitigate or even end the pain.
What Is Knee Pain?
Knee pain happens when the knee joint doesn’t function properly. Knees are complex joints. Several bones come together in your knee: Femur (thigh bone), Patella (knee cap), and two shin bones, the Tibia and the Fibula. Several ligaments stabilize the knee, so it doesn’t wobble when you walk or run. And several muscles come together including your quadriceps, your hamstrings, and the Iliotibial Band connects a small muscle in your hip to your knee. Knee pain happens when one or more of these tissues stops working properly.
The Causes of Knee Pain
Because you use your knees so much when you move, sports injuries are common causes of knee pain. Athletes can strain or tear their ACL or MCL ligaments, can have muscle imbalances that pull the patella out of position, can tear the cartilage in the knee or any number of common overuse injuries. Knee pain among runners is commonly caused by IT band syndrome.
Joint deterioration conditions can also cause knee pain. Osteoarthritis is an age-related condition caused by the losing the protective layer of cartilage between the bones. Inflammatory disorders, like rheumatoid arthritis, can cause knee pain and joint deterioration.
The Treatment of Knee Pain
Your chiropractor can use several common techniques to treat knee pain. One key treatment for knee pain, and all lower extremity pain is a spinal adjustment. Because your leg function depends on proper spinal function, your knees need a properly aligned spine.
For sports injuries, a doctor of chiropractic can prescribe a combination of therapies to improve strength and to increase the range of motion like ultrasound treatment, electrical muscle stimulation, stretching, strength exercises, massage, and manual adjustments.
For those with arthritis, your chiropractor can help alleviate the pain through massage and manual manipulation. Strength and stretching exercises can help increase the range of motion and decrease pain.
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