Is Chiropractic Care an Effective Knee Treatment?
From climbing stairs, getting out of bed, bending down to pick something, to walking to get to your place of work, the most basic daily activities become a nightmare if you have knee pain. Knee pain can even incapacitate you and highly reduce the quality of your life.
If you are experiencing iliotibial band syndrome, knee pain after running, or pain on the inside of the knee, you do not have to start taking pain medication or reduce your activity levels. One of the best decisions you can make today is to seek a chiropractor near you.
The beauty of seeking chiropractic care is that it is a non-invasive treatment that aims to solve the problem and not put a band-aid over it.
Causes of Knee Pain
Millions of people across the globe complain about knee pain, and nearly half of them will confess that they do not know what happened. Below is a list of some of the possible reasons as to why you might be having knee pain:
- Excess weight
- Lack of flexibility
- Mechanical issues like Iliotibial band syndrome, or loose cartilage or bone
- An injury like an ACL tear
- Strenuous sports like running, skiing, etc
- Repetitive use injury
- Biomechanical issues like flat feet or having one leg shorter than the other
- Accumulation of uric acid
Types of Knee Pain Treated By Chiropractic Care
There are several types of knee pain that our chiropractor near you can help treat:
- Tendonitis – this refers to the inflammation, swelling, and pain affecting the tendons. This usually occurs because of increased physical activity.
- Cruciate Ligament Injuries – this happens mostly to athletes and active people. The ligaments become stretched and torn, causing excruciating pain and reduce movement.
- Bursitis – There are fluid-filled sacs known as bursa that are in the joints that act as shock absorbers and reduce friction while you are moving. This condition is characterized by the inflammation of the bursa, causing it to swell and the pressure that accumulates causes extreme pain.
- Arthritis – this condition can cause excruciating pain to both knees and can worsen over time.
- Iliotibial Band Syndrome – the iliotibial band is a fibrous ligament that extends from the outer part of the pelvic bone to the outer part of the lower leg. When the band becomes tight, it typically rubs against the thigh bone, causing pain and some form of itching.
Why Is Chiropractic Care Effective?
The knee is one of the most complex, weight-bearing joints and can be affected in many ways and cause moderate to severe pain. When you visit a conventional doctor, if you have knee pain, you will typically receive medication that tends to deal with your symptoms.
The critical difference is that in chiropractic care, the focus is on the underlying causes more than the symptoms. Our chiropractor gets a full overview of your body, looking at your anatomical components, not only the knee joint but also pelvis, lower back hip angle, and feet.
The idea is that knee pain can be caused somewhere else in the body like the hips and lower back. If your joints are misaligned in the body, your knee gets to bear the excess weight. Therefore the knee has to try to hold the frame in place to compensate for those problems.
What to Expect During Treatment
Here is an overview of the treatment process:
- Physical Assessment
Since the knee is supported by many muscles, tendons, and ligaments for stability, the whole area surrounding the knee has to be thoroughly assessed. This will allow for our chiropractors to find the underlying cause of your pain.
At times, the issue is at the hips, or even the lower back, so treating these areas at the same time is effective over the long-term.
- Pain Management
The first step is to eliminate the activities that will bring further damage to the knee. This will help reduce inflammation and swelling. We will use support structures such as sports tape to aid in pain management. Massage and other techniques will be employed to reduce inflammation and swelling.
- Normalizing Joint Movement
Then our chiropractor will use manipulation techniques to aid in the restoration process of proper knee movement and the surrounding joints.
Exercises and specific physical activities are necessary for increasing the flexibility, stability, and strength in the knee joints.
At the heart of chiropractic care is that every patient is unique. This means that each treatment program is customized according to each patient’s needs. It will be best if you contact Cornerstone Chiropractic to book an appointment and see which treatment is appropriate for your condition.