When Should I See a Chiropractor for Knee Pain?
By Stephen R. Farris
Have you noticed that there seems to be more and more knee injuries than there used to be? When I was growing up, I don’t remember as many folks coming down with knee injuries unless they were playing football or basketball. Normally -- at least for me -- knee injuries usually happen to college or pro athletes. You’d hear about it all the time on TV sports news.
Why Is My Knee Sore?
Nowadays, especially after covering athletes for six years when I was a sports reporter, I’ve noticed that knee injuries are happening more often in lower-level sports, such as high school and junior high. Knee injuries often occur in the working class outside of sports. Most knee pain and injuries happen because they are overused or from strenuous workouts.
However, knee injuries can happen to anyone, not just athletes. Knee pain -- or injury -- can develop from other health-related problems. Being obese, or arthritic conditions (such as rheumatoid arthritis), or sitting too much are some of the common causes of knee pain. As well, knee soreness and pain may become more noticeable the older we get.
Knee pain may occur from simple tasks such as using the stairs, daily walking, standing up from a sitting position, getting out of bed, or outdoor activities at home such as gardening, mowing the yard, or playing basketball on the back patio.
What’s the Danger of Having Knee Pain That Goes Unattended?
Shrugging off your knee pain is never a good idea. There could be underlying conditions that are causing the pain you feel. According to the Mayo Clinic, knee pain could be caused by injury resulting in torn cartilage or ruptured ligaments, making it difficult to put any weight on your knee.
If left unattended, the knee pain you’re feeling could cause the joint to swell and become inflamed, or cause a popping noise or crunching sound when you walk. It could also lead to the inability to stand up straight or walk without assistance. A worst-case scenario is that it could lead to knee replacement surgery. That’s not anything you want.
When Should I See a Chiropractor?
You should see a chiropractor for knee pain as soon as possible if you experience decreased range of motion in the joint accompanied by pain, or if you heard a popping noise when the knee was injured, experienced sudden swelling, or when the pain feels increasingly intensified. The pain could be from inflammation in the soft tissues around the knee joint, or could be caused by a subluxation (often referred to as a misalignment) in your hips, back or other parts of your body affecting the nervous system. Most common back-nerve pain is caused from problems associated with spinal stenosis, herniated disc, spondylosis, arthritis, spinal injury, or from the sciatic nerve in the lower back, that can radiate down toward the knee area, affecting your range of motion to maneuver up and down, or side to side.
What Do Chiropractors Do to Correct Knee Pain?
Chiropractic care, often referred to as chiropractic treatment, can help ease your knee pain, especially chronic pain, which is generally defined as pain that lasts longer than three months. However, chiropractic treatment can help reduce your knee pain for other related conditions as well, and can help manage pain symptoms and increase your range of motion. Chiropractors do this by performing the chiropractic adjustment, using a hands-on, non-invasive, non-addictive, all-natural method to reduce joint restrictions or misalignments in the spine or other joints in your body.
These adjustments can help reduce pain and inflammation in the affected joint(s), and help improve joint mobility and nervous system function. Some of the benefits you may begin to feel after receiving a chiropractic adjustment are reduced pain and discomfort, less inflammation, better range of motion, more flexibility, and an increase in muscle tone and strength.
The bottom line is that you should not let your knee pain go unchecked. Most of us try to take care of the pain at home, using ice and heat methods, or taking over-the-counter pain medication, which may mask the pain but won’t resolve the cause of the pain. Worse than OTCs, a doctor could prescribe a painkiller, which creates the risk of leading to addiction. Everyone wants to be pain-free, and with chiropractic care, you may be able to experience the all-natural way to find relief from pain.
When knee pain won’t go away, visit your local chiropractor, such as the licensed doctors of chiropractic who can be found at The Joint Chiropractic. The Joint has more than 800 nationwide locations, and you won’t need an appointment to see their professional, licensed chiropractors on staff. Walk-ins are always welcome. They offer a variety of treatment plans and pricing options that won’t put a dent in your budget.
Their goal is to help you get back to what you love doing and return to a better quality of life.
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