Does your knee hurt?
Pain in the knee joints has become a common ailment in our society, from competitive sports athletes to everyday office workers. Knee discomfort is not normal, and you should not be forced to accept it. Yet, most people choose to power through the pain, thinking knee pain is just something they need to deal with as they age.
We at Elite Spine firmly believe your life should be led as pain-free as possible. Just “a little” pain could turn out to be worse in the long run for your health and body. Not to mention, if it comes to it, knee replacement surgery can be pretty costly.
Therefore, pain treatment must be sought out as soon as possible by consulting a healthcare professional to find the best solution possible. Our skilled chiropractors can relieve knee pain and avoid relapse with a comprehensive therapy plan tailored to your health and care needs.
Keep on reading to find out the best way to treat your knee pain pain-free!
Common Types of Knee Pain
Back of Knee
At Elite Spine, we see a growing number of people with pain at the back of the knee. You probably expect this kind of pain to only occur in the elderly or perhaps former sports athletes. But the truth is, we are seeing an increase in younger people and the average office worker suffering from this pain.
In these cases, the patients generally have various forms of soft tissue abnormalities with muscle weakness and imbalances, or even scar tissue build up. In addition, various forms of tendinitis and inflammation may also be present, requiring a combined approach of therapeutics and exercises to treat correctly.
People with pain at the back of the knee often have x-rays with normal or close to normal findings, ruling out knee osteoarthritis as the cause. Thus, a doctor would consider these conditions instead as the root cause of your knee pain:
- Patellar tendonitis
- Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury
- Knee bursitis
- Baker’s cyst
- Meniscus tear
- Fractures around or of the knee joint itself
After Exercising or Physical Activity
Sometimes patients will tell us that they experience knee pain after they run. Others may notice this pain in their knee when bending or walking. The specific location of the pain and the types of activities that aggravate it can help us pinpoint which tissues may be causing the pain.
For example, runners may often experience pain at or around the kneecap. The nature of such high impact activities may lead to inflamed soft tissues near or on the kneecap, the wear and tear of cartilage at the knee joint, or strained tendons. Knee pain when bending or climbing stairs may also signify “runner’s knee” or patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFS). This can be aggravated by overuse, misalignment of your kneecap, or muscular weakness/imbalances in the legs.
Here are some common factors which aggravate pain after exercising:
- Poor support in the arches of your feet or improper footwear
- Chondromalacia patella (damaged cartilage behind the kneecap)
- Tendinitis / Tendonosis
- Lumbar spine and nerve problems
- Pelvic imbalance
Causes of Knee Pain
As the largest joint in our body, the knee often absorbs the force of many of our movements. Furthermore, the knee joint is flexible, so one can end up hyperextending or over-rotating it by accident. Another root cause of knee pain is physical trauma. Knee injuries from falls, sports activities or accidents can cause even more severe knee pain down the road.
Other degenerative or systemic conditions like osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis may be causes as well.
On the other hand, knee pain may be a secondary symptom to another underlying cause altogether. For example, if you suffer from a lumbar spine injury, it may cause nerve irritation leading to the knee area. In this case, the source needs to be resolved as merely pain relief is not enough. Without the proper treatment, the knee pain may return, while the undealt source might lead to future injuries.
Some examples of mechanical problems that can cause knee pain include:
- Poor foot or ankle mechanics (such as over-pronation or “flat feet”)
- Possible instability due to history of ankle sprains
- Hypertonic (tight) muscles or scar tissue development in tissues attached near the knee (such as muscles of the thigh or lower leg)
- Pelvic rotation or misalignment
Symptoms of Knee Pain
If you notice the following symptoms in your knee or knees, consider it best to seek treatment from our expert chiropractors as quickly as possible:
- Pain or soreness in and around the knee joint
- Stiffness and swelling
- Instability and weakness
- Inability to straighten your knee fully
- Limping or uneven gait when walking
- Popping noises during knee movement
However, if you experience these symptoms instead, please seek immediate medical attention:
- You can’t put any weight on your knee, and it feels unstable (gives out)
- An obvious deformity in your leg or knee
- You are experiencing a fever alongside redness, soreness, and swelling in your knee.
- Severe knee pain as a result of an injury
Diagnosis of Knee Pain
Usually, a doctor would examine the immediate knee and surrounding tissues for signs of damage, knee joint pain, degeneration, or improper movement.
But to equip us (and you!)with adequate information about your knee pain, we offer a complete approach by examining the entire lower kinetic chain. This means examining and correcting problems that surface in areas away from the knees but still affect your knee condition.
To get a comprehensive understanding of your physical condition, we may suggest specific imaging tests such as x-ray, MRI, CT scan and ultrasound. These tests aid us in identifying subtle injuries, including stress to soft tissues such as ligaments, tendons, cartilage and muscles.
Chiropractic Treatment for Knee Pain
Chiropractic care has been renowned for being one of the most effective treatment options for patients who suffer from knee pain.
Our chiropractors can reduce knee pain and help you regain mobility using conservative methods with proven effectiveness. There is no need for harmful medication or invasive knee replacement surgery with our skilled chiropractors!
Following the tenets of our signature Functional Correction Method, we will tailor the best treatment plan for your specific needs and health goals. Some of the ways we facilitate the healing of your knees include:
- Instrument assisted soft tissue mobilisation (IASTM): Specially designed tools that allow our chiropractors to find and break down hardened scar tissue in and around the knee joint.
- Radial Shockwave Therapy (RSWT): An advanced therapy designed to address scar tissue and stimulate the healing process.
- Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT): Another advanced therapy designed to reduce swelling, relieve knee pain, and speed up healing.
- Manual adjustments: It will be done to the knee, foot, hips and lower spine. Realigning your body provides pain relief and reduces the chances of relapse.
- Physical therapy: A rehabilitative exercise program, similar to that at a physiotherapy session, is needed to restore proper flexibility and stability to the lower body and prevent pain from returning to the knee.
- Wellness advice: Our chiropractors may suggest lifestyle changes to your daily activities if needed to prevent relapse and maintain the health of your knees
Take the first step towards pain-free knees.
Thankfully, with our customised chiropractic care and therapy programmes, your knee pain can be addressed effectively from the very first visit. Coupled with strengthening exercises and lifestyle changes, you may even be able to say goodbye to knee pain for good!
Our sincerest goal is for you to enjoy your life to the fullest without needing a knee replacement. That’s why we’ve prepared a special introductory package covering almost everything you need for your first few visits to our clinic.
Allow our expert chiropractors at Elite Spine to help you fully understand your condition and deal with it holistically. Together, we can get rid of your knee pain for good!