What is Knee Pain?
Knee pain is pain in and around any part of the knee. The location of the pain gives our office a clue as to what is wrong with your knee. For example, if your pain is above the knee, it can mean the quadriceps tendon has been damaged. Pain behind the knee usually indicates a Baker’s cyst or arthritis. Pain below the knee is sometimes found in children and may mean the child has Osgood-Schlatter disease affected by growth spurts where the bones and joints aren’t keeping up with the growth process.
Pain in front of the knee may be due to arthritis or patella disorders where the round knee bone is not tracking correctly as you walk and move. Pain on the inside or outside of the knee could mean a meniscus or collateral ligament tear or arthritis. Whatever the diagnosis of the knee pain is will determine the best treatment.
How Does Knee Pain Start?
Knee pain is often started with trauma to the knee. For example, someone may be standing still while another person or a big dog bumps into them, knocking the knee out of alignment. This happens a lot in contact sports such as football, basketball and soccer. Repetitive injuries or repetitive stresses on the knee can cause knee pain that is persistent. Pressure on the knee from carrying heavy items may also cause knee pain to occur sporadically.
Once there’s an injury to the knee, arthritis can set in over time. Knee pain may also occur from different types of arthritis such as rheumatoid arthritis, gout arthritis, or immune system disorders such as lupus. It’s not common but sometimes tumors in the knee may be the cause of the knee pain.
One cause of knee pain that is not usually considered much is knee pain that results from foot bones that are out of alignment. If the feet have fallen arches, the whole foot flattens out during walking – and this begins to cause further problems with the rest of the skeleton since all bones are connected to each other. Treating the bones that are out of alignment is one of the easiest ways for our office to help you.
What Chiropractic Techniques Have Been Shown to Be Beneficial For Knee Pain?
Chiropractic work for those who are young as well as those who are older. At Virginia Commonwealth University, researchers and their team surveyed 1121 adults over the age of 65 years old who had knee arthritis for joint pain and their use of chiropractic care during a 4-year follow-up.
About a third of them had been using chiropractic care. Those who used chiropractic care and massage therapy were the ones who had better knee function than those who didn’t.
In Australia, chiropractors proved that it didn’t take long for patients who were between the ages of 47 and 70 years old with chronic knee pain from arthritis to feel better. Patients either received treatment that consisted of chiropractic manipulation of the knee with interferential therapy or placebo treatment. Interferential is one of the older therapies used by chiropractors in the 1980s and 1990s but it still works. The chiropractic treatment for knee pain involved 3 sessions per week for only two weeks.
Those who received chiropractic knee treatment had significantly less pain, significantly greater knee mobility, and were significantly better able to perform general activities. There were no negative side effects from the treatment.
Full Restoration of Motion with Decreased Knee Pain is Possible!
Chiropractors around the world confirm similar cases where knee pain and decreased mobility were reversed with good chiropractic care. In Australia, a case of a 60-year-old woman who had a medial meniscus tear with knee pain and swelling received ultrasound, rest, ice, compression therapy at the chiropractic office and she elevated her leg at home so it could heal. Her chiropractor also manually manipulated her knee and used sports taping to the muscles to strengthen the muscles, too. She got the complete royal treatment plan and her chiropractor was committed to 100% total healing, nothing less.
At the end of her 12 treatments, she could walk, swim, and ride a bike without any pain whatsoever.
Chiropractic is a drugless method of natural healing that focuses on alignment of the skeleton and stimulating the nervous system to begin the healing process. Every joint may be manipulated to send proper nervous system impulses throughout the entire body, sending messages to the immune system and every organ to begin healing. And there are no side effects! Chiropractic goes back to the beginning of time, and even Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, recommended it!
Don’t let your knee pain go untreated when natural healing is made possible via chiropractic treatment.
At Desired Health Chiropractic in Anoka, we focus on your sports goals to keep you healthy and strong for any physical adventure you plan to tackle. If you found value in this article we ask that you share with your friends, family, or teammates. Until next time, stay healthy and reach for your goals.
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