Knees are one of the most essential joints in the body. They allow us to swing our lower leg and foot. Without our knees, we would find it difficult to kneel, climb, or walk. They propel us forward and absorb shock. We’re dependent on our knees working properly.
Pain seriously interferes with your life. Daily tasks become difficult when you have knee pain. You may have trouble walking the dog, doing dishes, or even getting out of a chair. A chiropractor can help find and correct your source of knee pain.
What Is Knee Pain?
The knee is the largest joint in the body. The upper bone (femur) connects to two lower bones (tibia and fibula) by way of ligaments, muscles, and tendons. Your kneecap (patella) protects that junction. Ligaments stabilize the knee so it can only move in one direction. Knee pain happens when one or more of these structures stop working properly.
Knee pain could indicate a problem in the joint or with the tissues surrounding it.Tiny ligaments inside the knee become damaged and are felt only in one spot. Large muscles can become strained and pull on the knee causing pain to feel diffuse throughout the knee.
Some signs of knee pain include stiffness or locking at the knees, difficulty walking, limping, and swelling.
The Causes of Knee Pain
Knee pain can be caused by underlying disease, or from physical activity.
Diseases such as osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid arthritis, known as OA and RA, are chronic conditions that affect the knee joint. Inflammation causes increased pain and swelling making it difficult to move.
Often, though, knee pain is associated with physical activity. Overuse and misuse injuries are the biggest culprits. Many jobs, sports, and other recreational activities increase your chances of having knee problems.
Jobs that require lots of kneeling put extra stress on the knees. Repetitive sports such as rowing and running also cause damage over time. Lifting heavy items can cause acute damage to the knee.
The Treatment of Knee Pain
Your chiropractor will complete a full exam to assess your condition.Treatment depends on the cause of your knee pain.
Manual spinal adjustments are often used to treat knee pain. This treatment is because proper leg function depends on an aligned pelvis and spine. The manual adjustments align the joints to restore their natural motion.
Your chiropractor may treat the surrounding tissues with heat, muscle stimulation, or ultrasound. These techniques decrease swelling to improve function.
He or she will also usually prescribe home exercises to perform. These increase the joint’s range of motion and strengthen the surrounding tissues to make the knee more stable.
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