Chiropractic Care for Knee Injuries
By Sara Butler
The knee is an incredibly complex and sturdy joint, but it also has challenges. It handles a large load over the course of a day and takes a lot of punishment over a lifetime. This means that knees are often prone to injuries or chronic conditions that cause pain. Here are some common knee conditions and how chiropractic can help.
Common Knee Conditions
If you have knee pain then chances are it is caused by one of these conditions:
- Arthritis – This condition is caused by degradation of the cartilage in the knee joint. It causes pain, stiffness, swelling or problems with the joint locking and is often the result of age, excess weight, or repetitive stress from sports.
- Cartilage injuries – A softening of the cartilage in the knee called chondromalacia patella can occur in cyclists, soccer players, skiers, and runners.
- Iliotibial band syndrome – This is an inflammation of the tendon that runs along the outer knee and is the result of long-term overuse, usually from sports. It causes burning sensations and aches on the side of the knee and sometimes up the thigh.
- Ligament injuries – There are a couple of major ligaments in the knee that can become sprained and cause pain. They are the anterior cruciate ligament and the posterior cruciate ligament. This condition can be caused by a direct impact such as a sports injury or as the result of an auto accident.
- Tendon injuries – Overuse can cause a tendon in the knee to stretch and become inflamed.
- Referred pain – If you have an issue with the joint in your lower back or hips it can cause pain in the knee. The problem, in this case, isn’t with the knee itself but that may be where you feel the pain.
When to See the Chiropractor
If you’re wondering when you should bring any knee pain up to your chiropractor you should remember that any time you experience new symptoms you should mention them. But if you are one of those people who likes to wait and see, you should definitely say something to your chiropractor if:
- Your knee pain is inhibiting your daily activities or participating in sports.
- You have taken medications with no long-term improvement.
- You have been diagnosed with arthritis by another medical professional.
- You have knee pain with restricted motion.
If you are having problems with your knee, your chiropractor will do an evaluation of the joint and the surrounding muscles. They will also look at the joints associated with the knee to make sure it’s not a biomechanical issue with referred pain. So don’t hesitate to discuss any knee pain you are having with your chiropractor during your next adjustment at The Joint Chiropractic.