Knee pain can make even the most basic daily activities feel difficult. The knee is a major weight-bearing joint and is composed of several bones, muscles, ligaments and cartilage discs, making it susceptible to overuse and pain. Additionally, pain can radiate to the knee from other structures in the low back, pelvis and hip. If not working properly, other joints in the lower limbs can put increased stress on the knee joint. Knee pain is also common in athletes, who are often afflicted with repetitive use injuries. Furthermore, knee pain can be caused by a sudden injury, by an underlying condition like arthritis or even by improper arch support. Knee injuries are marked by pain, inflammation, stiffness and muscle spasms.
How can I treat knee pain?
Many patients suffering from knee pain resort to pain medications or surgery to try to alleviate their conditions. An alternative to more invasive solutions is chiropractic care, which focuses on treating the underlying causes of knee pain. First, a chiropractor will evaluate the other joints and muscles surrounding the knee to assess if a more widespread treatment is necessary. After making an accurate diagnosis, a chiropractor will aim to reduce inflammation and pain through ice, soft tissue healing and avoidance of aggravating activities. Next, chiropractic care involves normalizing joint function through manipulation, adjustment and deep tissue massage. Then, the chiropractor will slowly introduce exercises to improve strength, endurance and stability and reduce risk of future injury. Chiropractic care can be effective in reducing knee pain and inflammation, improving range of motion and flexibility and increasing muscle tone and strength.