Do your knees make a grinding sound as you climb up or go down a flight of stairs? Have your knees ever “given out” while taking a leisurely walk with family or friends? Right now, are you experiencing severe knee pain, which is preventing you from working or enjoying life?
We use our knees to stand, bend, kneel, walk and run… just about everything. Knees must be able to twist, rotate, bend and straighten, in addition to being able to bear the weight of the entire body. Therefore, is it any wonder that the knee is the most easily injured part of the body?
The knee – largest joint in the body, is made up of the femur (rotates on the upper end of the tibia) and the patella, which slides in a grove on the end of the femur. For stability, large ligaments attach to the tibia and femur.
Many people experience a sudden jerk to the knee, followed by severe knee pain. Swelling and tenderness around the knee may develop and the knee joint may become locked or give out. Those suffering with knee pain may begin to limp while walking.
There are a multitude of causes of knee joint pain:
Automobile or Sports Injury
Weak Core Muscles
Osgood-Schlatter Disease (Condition often seen in adolescents, due to irritation of the growth plate at the front of the joint)
Successful knee pain treatment depends upon finding the cause or causes that have led to symptoms. This is based upon an initial consultation, patient’s health history, x-rays and a structural and muscular examination. Additional testing, such as an MRI may be necessary.
It is important to realize that pain, which appears to be coming from the knee, may actually involve other anatomical components (low back, hip, pelvis, leg, quadriceps and hamstring muscles, foot and/or ankle), requiring rehabilitation. Therefore, detecting and correcting these structural and muscular imbalances are vital to knee pain relief.
Once the cause(s) of knee joint pain have been identified, a customized knee pain treatment plan can be created. In addition, any underlying problems must be corrected and integrated into the treatment program.
Treatment options offered include Chiropractic Care, Therapeutic Massage and Nutritional Counseling. Doctors and Therapists may utilize spinal manipulation, non-surgical spinal decompression, trigger point therapy, heat and/or ice (to reduce inflammation and muscle spasm), rehabilitation exercises, stretching the muscles surrounding the joint to help reduce knee pain, custom orthotics to provide the correct support for the knee while healing and/or nutritional support (fuel for the body).
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