- Knee adjustments
- Hip adjustments
- Posture analysis
- Gait analysis
- Weight distribution analysis
Chiropractic and The Body’s Musculoskeletal SystemMany think that treating knee pain comes down to surgery or painkillers. Surgery can be the best option for some, but it is always best to exhaust conservative treatments, which chiropractic physical therapy is one of the most effective. Pain medication can be appropriate but with the addictive potential about they are best avoided unless absolutely necessary. Chiropractic offers an alternative to pain medications and even surgery for certain cases.
Causes For Common Knee Pain IssuesHere are some of the most common causes of knee pain along with the ways a chiropractor can help to relieve the pain and treat the underlying issue. Treatment plans vary depending on the specific circumstances/conditions.
Knee BursitisBursitis is inflammation of the fluid-filled sac located in the joints between bones, tendons, and muscles. The sacs are called bursae and are essential in proper joint function. They help reduce friction during the course of regular joint movement/function. Knee bursitis is commonly caused by overuse and misalignment. It can be caused while:
- Stretching the knee
- It can also cause swelling around the front of the kneecap
Chiropractic TreatmentThe reduction of pain and swelling are the first steps of chiropractic physical therapy. This is achieved with:
- Therapeutic massage
- Hot and cold therapy
- Cold laser therapy
Patellar TendonitisTendonitis means there is damage or irritation to a tendon. Patellar tendonitis occurs in the tendon that connects the kneecap to the shin. This is common for individuals who run and jump regularly like athletes. Overweight individuals have an increased risk for patellar tendonitis because of the extra stress placed on the knees. This is often a result of repeated overuse and happens gradually. It can be the result of trauma to the knee as well. The pain happens just below the kneecap and increases with physical activity.
Chiropractic TreatmentMost often rest is the first option. Chiropractic physical therapy can recommend wearing a knee brace during the treatment. They will also teach the patient proper stretching and warm-up exercises to prevent tendonitis.
OsteoarthritisChiropractic is effective at reducing arthritis pain and inflammation throughout the body. Osteoarthritis can make everyday activities like walking and kneeling difficult or impossible. Chiropractic is designed to help reduce pain increase blood/nerve circulation that will promote healthy joint function and movement.
Chiropractic TreatmentChiropractic will help osteoarthritis through:
- Laser therapy
- All can help reduce pain and inflammation in the knees joints
- Hands-on stretching
- Adjustments can also help to improve the range of motion and joint function
Knee ValgusKnee valgus also known as knock knee, is an inward tilt of the knees. It is easy to see when squatting or kneeling, but it can also happen when walking or standing. Young children tend to develop knee valgus but grow out of it by the time they are 10 years of age. However, if the knees remain bowed into the teenage years and beyond, it can cause issues in the hips, glutes, and back. Knee valgus can also be the result of:
- Weak muscles in the legs, hips, or glutes
- Tight muscles in the legs, hips, or glutes
- Determining the exact cause is essential to address it and develop a treatment plan to correct the issue.
Chiropractic TreatmentChiropractic specializes in the musculoskeletal system and a doctor of chiropractic knows what to look for. A chiropractor can address the issue through adjustments of the spine, hips, and knees. Hands-on clinic exercises and at-home exercises will be incorporated to correct the issues. These exercises combined with chiropractic will address structural and postural issues.
Other Knee Pain CausesChiropractic can also address and recommend treatments for other knee conditions. These include:
- Referred pain
- Meniscus damage
- Iliotibial band syndrome
- Osgood-Schlatter disease
Chiropractic Adjustments for Pain Relief, Function, and PreventionProblems with the hips and spine can contribute to knee pain, as well as issues with the foot, ankle, or pelvis. Chiropractors perform a thorough examination of all the joints, tendons, and muscles that could be contributing to the pain. They will look at a full medical history and other details like:
- Overall health
- Lifestyle habits
- Exercise and/or sports activities
- Walking gait
Body Composition Testimonial
Difficulty MovingLack of adequate muscle can cause difficulty moving like taking the elevator becoming a necessity, getting tired more easily, and getting in and out of a car can become a challenge. These are all possible experiences that can come as a result of losing muscle. Around 19% of women and 10% of men aged 65 years or older are unable to kneel. With no balance to kneel and pick something up means trouble. What to do to prevent massive muscle loss.
- Getting the proper amount of protein intake throughout the day spread out across meals rather than all at once.
- Monitor body composition regularly, which will make sure muscle mass loss is minimized.
- Begin a strength-training regimen.