Knee pain and chiropractic
Knee pain is a common problem that plagues many people. Whether it’s from playing sports in high school trying to be active and staying healthy as a young professional or you twisted if funny stepping off a curb, knee pain can be a constant problem. Fortunately, chiropractic can help address these often annoying problems and the solution may even be pretty simple.
Why do I have knee pain?
There are a number of different reasons a person can develop knee pain. Most of the time the problem is pretty simple to address for a chiropractor familiar with extraspinal knee adjustments. There are only three bones that make up the knee and they have limited motions. Chiropractic adjustments work great to help reduce pain, inflammation and restore proper motion in your spine. Which is made up of scores of different joints that allow for a lot of flexibility. When you compare the relative simplicity of the knee, the solution to your knee pain is often not hard to determine.
The most common reasons for knee pain are from injury. Typically you twisted or bent your knee to the side straining some of the ligaments holding it in place. If you want those ligaments to heal properly and in place chiropractic knee adjustments are key. Once the knee is adjusted you may need additional therapeutic exercises or Rock Tape to help stabilize the knee. Typically several adjustments are needed to help maintain proper knee motion and stability while the ligaments are healing.
Once the knee has been adjusted the knee pain will often, not always, feel noticeably better immediately after. This is because the bones that make up the joint are now closer to their intended position and put less stress on the joint and inflamed and damaged ligaments. Many times patients injury their knee and never correct this misalignment, resulting in those “trick” knees that can’t take the typical or normal stress. When your knee is misaligned and never corrected it will be less stable and more likely to experience pain.
I’ve had a “bad knee” for decades. Can you help?
Probably. The only way to know for sure is to evaluate the knee. Regardless of the duration, the misalignment has been there it’s very common for the knee joint to be adjusted and restored. While it may not be the same as when you were 18 it is not uncommon for even elderly patients to regain a significant amount of function and reduce pain from a misaligned knee. Some cases may necessitate more comprehensive care. For example, because of abnormal spine shapes (scoliosis, forward head posture or good neck), excess stress can be put on the knees.
This happens when your spine is out of alignment and the weight distribution is unbalanced. Think of a car with the front end misaligned. More stress will be put on one side of the tires than if it was properly aligned. This misalignment of your care or spine will cause excess stress and wear to your tires or joints. If left untreated you could suffer a severe blowout, chronic knee pain or severe knee degeneration.
Don’t let knee pain ruin your life when it may be able to be treated safely, effectively and inexpensively with chiropractic. Knee replacements are not cheap and often cause more problems with improper pelvic alignment. Call Corrective Chiropractic today to talk to the doctor and see if he can help you fix the cause of the knee pain.