Understanding Knee Pain, Diagnosis, and Treatment
Contrary to what many might believe, the knee anatomy can misalign or become fixated and stuck. Naturally, this can cause knee pain.
These diseases, such as hamstrings and quads, may cause imbalanced tonicity in surrounding muscles.
The small knee-cap bone on top of the knee can also move out of its proper track and start gliding to the right or left of the knee groove, causing inflammation of the patellar cartilage.
These are common diseases, usually misdiagnosed as knee sprain/strain or arthritis etc.
"A joint that does not move properly will eventually degenerate." - Dr. Sun
The Evaluation of Knee Pain
For proper knee pain treatment, a good diagnostician must evaluate the knee bones' motion - the femur, tibia, and patellar bone.
Suppose the knee injury is not caused by a sudden traumatic accident. In that case, it is usually due to some misuse, such as using the wrong shoes, overexertion during exercising, playing sports, etc.
Some systemic diseases, such as rheumatoid or arthritic diseases (causing osteoarthritis knee pain), can also cause severe knee pain symptoms that may need medical treatments simultaneous with chiropractic adjustments.
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Stretching & Strengthening
Chiropractic adjustments for the knee must always be followed by home stretching and strengthening exercises.
Without proper exercises, the knee remains weak.
This weakness may continue causing the knee to glide improperly, leading to meniscus damage or patellar stray.
The knee adjustments should target any fixations in the knee joints to allow for proper motion.
By properly balancing the surrounding musculature, the motion of the patellar bone (knee cap) and the femur/tibia joint can be normalized.
But how about more invasive diseases such as arthritis or Degenerative Joint Disease?
A joint that does not move properly will eventually degenerate.
The motion of the joint brings blood and nutrition to the cartilage.
Lack of motion or abnormal joint motion will cause the cartilage to starve and degenerate slowly.
The knee must move and glide properly to enhance circulation in the joint capsule.
This is the magic of chiropractic when it comes to musculoskeletal diseases.
When all other therapies ice and heat or just stretch and strengthen, chiropractic adjustments can align and mobilize fixation in joints that can slow down or even stop joint degeneration.
What To Do...
If you are dealing with knee pain, or have experienced a knee injury, feel free to call our office for a free consultation. You will immediately be given an appointment.
The injury details will be noted during this appointment, and then we will look over your knee. Once diagnosed, your treatments will begin your path to wellness.
I look forward to helping you get knee pain relief, including that from runners knee.
Dr. Sun Hwang, D.C.
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Knee Pain FAQs
Q - What could be causing my knee pain?
A - Your knee pain could be due to a variety of causes such as arthritis, ligament injuries, meniscal tears, patellar tendonitis, or simply due to overuse and strain. The precise cause can be determined through a thorough examination and possibly diagnostic imaging.
Q - Can chiropractic care help with knee pain?
A - Yes, chiropractic care can help with knee pain. It involves manipulating the joints and soft tissues to improve alignment, reduce inflammation, and enhance function, which may help alleviate knee pain.
Q - How does a chiropractor treat knee pain?
A - Chiropractors can use a range of techniques to treat knee pain, including joint manipulation, massage, stretching exercises, and possibly recommending specific exercises to strengthen the muscles around the knee, improving stability and reducing strain.
Q - How many chiropractic sessions will I need to relieve my knee pain?
A - The number of sessions required varies depending on the severity and cause of your knee pain. A treatment plan will be tailored to your specific needs after an initial evaluation.
Q - Are there any risks or side effects associated with chiropractic treatment for knee pain?
A - Chiropractic treatment is generally considered safe, but some people may experience temporary soreness, stiffness, or a slight increase in pain after treatment. Severe complications are rare, especially when the treatment is performed by a trained professional.