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Chiropractic Care for Knee Pain

By Sara Butler

Knee pain is a common problem experienced by a lot of people, but it's also a problem people tend to ignore until it reaches a level that can't be tolerated anymore. Many people think they simply need to work through the pain, but the truth is that knee pain is something you must deal with -- and the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic are here to help. Here's what you must know about knee pain and how chiropractic care can help.

Knee Pain: What's Causing It?

If you're active, then knee injuries can be quite common. That's because your knee is a weight-bearing joint that absorbs the shock of the movements you make. Plus, as a flexible joint, it can be hyperextended if you move the wrong way.

The knee can also be injured by trauma, such as an accident or fall, as well as certain chronic diseases such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Symptoms

These symptoms in one knee or even both knees may mean you have something going on that should be checked out by the chiropractor:

  • Popping or crunching noises when moving
  • You can't fully extend your knee
  • Stiffness
  • Swelling
  • Instability
  • Weakness

Don't mask your symptoms with over-the-counter medications. This can make the underlying condition worse in the long run.

How the Chiropractor Can Help

The goal of the chiropractors at The Joint is to assess your health history and your current health issues to help uncover the underlying cause of your knee pain. They want to get to the heart of the matter and treat what they find lurking under the surface.

Often, the chiropractor may give you exercises to do between visits as well as perform hands-on joint manipulation to remove any joint restrictions or dysfunctions that can be contributing to your problem. Once this is done, then your body can begin to do what it was made to do -- heal itself.

It's also important to note that footwear is an issue. Talk to the chiropractor about your activity and what footwear is right for you.  Your shoes help to keep your knees in the correct position as well as absorb shock for the joint, which makes the type of shoe your wear incredibly important for the health of your knees.

Your knees are important, so work with the chiropractors at The Joint to ensure your knees stay healthy and pain-free no matter what you're doing.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Fairfax, Va.

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