Knee pain, no matter its cause, can be a devastating issue to live with. Pain in our knee joints interferes with basic movements and therefore forces us to adjust every part of our daily routine. Everything from walking to a car, to bending or sitting, to simply getting out of bed becomes difficult when knee pain is involved. And depending on the cause of the pain, it can feel as though medication or surgery are the only possible fixes.
This may not be the case, however. Health Quest’s team can evaluate your knee joints and potentially create a chiropractic and/or physical therapy program designed to naturally ease your knee pain. Using a wide variety of modalities, and by making sure you are comfortable with your care program every step of the way, our staff will do everything we can to help you leave your pain behind, as well as regain your mobility and comfort. Should you need to have surgery, we can also provide post-surgical rehab that gets you up and mobile as quickly as possible.
Knee pain can be caused by a variety of underlying issues. Because the knees literally carry our body weight, any knee injury (including dislocations and tears) or chronic condition will greatly increase stress on the knees. Excess weight will also increase stress on the knee joint. This increased stress will often lead to painful problems.
Knee injuries are very commonplace among athletes (both professional and casual), although any fall or accident can also cause chronic knee pain. Other reasons for knee pain are diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and tendinitis.
Yes. Should you find yourself dealing with knee pain, it’s important to pay attention to and properly address it based on what kind it is.
People who are overweight or obese are at a greater risk for knee problems. This is because for every pound that you are overweight, your knee must absorb an extra 4 pounds of pressure when you walk, run, or climb stairs.
Other factors that increase the risk for chronic knee pain include age, a history of knee injuries or trauma, and athletic activity.
If you notice the following symptoms in your knee or knees, it’s worth connecting with a doctor to make sure nothing is severely wrong:
Additionally, if your knee pain is severe enough to limit your ability to function normally in daily life, it’s important to reach out for assistance. Consistent aches are not something you need to accept.
Finally, if you have tried to limit your activity levels and taken pain medication, and you are not seeing improvement, it is time to visit a specialist. They will address any issues in and around the knee, as well as investigate if other alignment issues in other areas of the body are causing or worsening your knee pain.
When initially treating acute knee pain, it’s best to use ice to reduce inflammation around the joint. Rest is also commonly prescribed.
When dealing with chronic pain, doctors may use chiropractic manipulation and mobilization techniques to help reduce soreness while simultaneously increasing range of motion in the joint and improving its overall function.
Some soft tissue massages can also help improve the injured knee’s range of motion if needed.
Many knee problems develop due to issues with the knee’s joint capsule and surrounding ligaments. Chiropractors, however, are trained to find these issues and to make adjustments within the joint itself. Chiropractors are also trained to find problem spots that, while not painful, are actually linked to and worsening a primary pain point. Proper adjustments - either of the joint itself or of connecting problem spots - will ultimately relieve pain.
Chiropractors often combine realignment with other techniques, such as soft tissue manipulation, stretching, and massage. Some chiropractors may also utilize physical therapy techniques to ensure you receive all the care that you need.
Physical therapy utilizes a variety of methods and movements to help strengthen muscles, relieve pain, and improve mobility. The right stretches and exercises will actually target problematic pain points, based on a patient’s history and the nature of their pain. And combined with any other joint care a patient needs, physical therapy can help strengthen and improve the mobility of a weakened knee.
If part of your care includes physical therapy, you may be required to perform exercises at home as part of a home exercise program. Exercise should be your main tool for treating your knee pain, so be ready to adhere to any prescribed care programs.
At Health Quest, we use a customized combination of chiropractic and physical therapy techniques to help reduce knee pain as well as strengthen and stabilize this important major joint. Ultimately, our care plans target your pain at its source - and our care is always based on what you, the patient, need.
During each visit, you will meet with your doctor for evaluation and treatment, then move on to prescribed physical therapy protocols in our state-of-the-art rehabilitation facility. These supervised protocols will gradually intensify to recondition and strengthen weakened/injured areas, which prevents exacerbation and recurrence of your knee pain.