Chiropractics & Osteoarthritis in the Knees
The knees are two of the most sensitive parts of the body. Almost our entire weight is placed on our knees, including the head and the torso which are two of the heaviest sections of our body. The knee is where the three main bones in the legs meet; the Femur in the upper leg, and the Tibia and the Fibula in the lower legs. These bones merge at the knee and are divided by a cartilage disc and covered by another bone called the patella, more commonly known as the knee cap.
When we walk, run, jump, or enact any other motion that involves our legs, much of the force travels up our legs and into our knees. The constant pounding on the ground can result in all sorts of problems and as time passes on, our knees become less and less durable. In older individuals the presence of arthritis, specifically osteoarthritis, in the knees becomes quite common. Arthritis refers to the inflammation of the joints and the buildup of fluid in the joints. In addition to osteoarthritis, the cartilage discs, much like our spines, are prone to degenerating due to the pressure placed upon them by the bones in the legs. So where can we turn to look out for our knees and ward off osteoarthritis and other problems that come about?
Chiropractors have the ability to look at the body and determine what structural characteristics of the body could be contributing to the development of osteoarthritis. If there is a problem with the alignment of a given bone in the hip or in the lumbar portion of the spine, then this could throw off the entire locomotion process of the leg, contributing to uneven distribution of force in the knees and thus osteoarthritis in certain parts. A chiropractic adjustment can realign the bones to restore proper range of motion and help your knees handle the impact of all the activity you carry out.
Osteoarthritis is an extremely uncomfortable condition that results in stiffness, a lack of proper range of motion, aches, and much more. With chiropractic care on your side, you can help prevent osteoarthritis in the knees and ensure that you will be walking and running around for years to come.