Are Your Knees Becoming A Pain?
By Sandy Schroeder
When knee pain shows up, at first it may be annoying as it slows down a workout, or cuts a shopping excursion short. Often it can be tempting to just pop an over-the-counter pain reliever and move on.
But knee pain can be a red flag for more serious injuries. Knee mobility is critical to everything we do, as we ask our knees to carry our full weight and show up for all of our activities as we walk, run, exercise and scoot through work.
To make all of this happen, the knee depends on cartilage, the tissue that covers the surface of the joint bones, to stay healthy. That cartilage, in turn, relies on synovial fluid for its sole source of nourishment, which is supplied by the ongoing movements of the knee. Without knee movement, that nourishment stops, and bone-on-bone knee pain can develop, leading to reduced mobility and a changed lifestyle.
See Your Chiropractor
When you come in, your chiropractor will want to talk about your knee pain, your activities and your medical history, as a diagnosis and plan of treatment is put together.
Your chiropractor will explain spinal health. Your chiropractor believes the health of your spine may improve your overall health. Using a spinal adjustment to correct any dysfunctions may provide joint pain relief, along with more energy, alertness, and improved sleep.
As your knee pain is treated, your chiropractor may suggest losing weight and reducing stress. He or she may also recommend alternating periods of rest with activity. Ice packs for 20-minutes on and off can help with pain, along with elevation to reduce swelling. Later, heat therapy can help reduce pain and stiffness.
Following up with small, regular amounts of continued movement will keep nourishment flowing to the knee. Choose one of these joint-friendly options:
- Short walks throughout the day
- Tai chi gentle movement classes
- Rowing machines
- Use of elliptical trainers
- Swimming or water aerobics
- Stationary bikes
The Joint Chiropractic clinic in your community is ready to help. The Joint has simplified everything. An affordable care program eliminates the need for insurance. Flexible weekend and evening hours make visits convenient, and walk-in visits are welcome. No appointments are needed.
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.