Knee Injuries

As one of the most used joints in the body, the knee is something we see patients complain about often. If you consider that your legs bear the entire weight of your body, and anything you’re carrying, it’s not surprising to imagine just how much wear and tear it could get from just the most basic activities like sitting, walking and standing. 

If we consider the function of the knee, it is apparent that it works as a hinge between the thigh and shin bones. The kneecap works as a small joint on the outer side and are all kept well-cushioned and supported by cartilage and ligament help to keep the area flexible. 

Chiropractors recognise that the most common causes of injuries or discomfort in these cases can be attributed to poor mechanics, stress, overuse, arthritic changes or falls. The symptoms usually present as pain below the knee, referred pain, pain within or around the knee, stiffness or tenderness. Other systemic postural and compensatory knee conditions that respond well to chiropractic care can involve the joints of the hips, knees, ankles and feet together. 

While much knee pain can be attributed to some sort of trauma (be it a fall, sport of excessive movement), not all of it comes as a result of this. A general muscle imbalance in the muscle and ligaments can also be a major cause. With such diverse causes, it is essential for chiropractors to do a specific examination, and hence discover the actual route cause of the pain and address the underlying issue. 

When knee injuries are associated with trauma though, the pain is usually resultant from pressure on the ligaments and muscles around the knee. This gets to a point where they are extended beyond their capabilities and can no longer support the knee and its functions. This is dangerous as it can lead to severe injury, tears, pain and reduced mobility. Your chiropractor can assess your acute injury and determine whether chiropractic care is appropriate as a treatment approach. 

Other causes of knee pain, however, include arthritis or other such degenerative diseases. In this instance, degeneration of the cartilage exposes bare bones which results in pain and swelling. Stiffness and decreased motion is also experienced. 

Knee pain and injury can be extremely painful and debilitating but regular chiropractic can alleviate both the pain and treat the underlying causes of it. 

Our chiropractor here at Walkerville Chiropractic can offer a specific examination and evaluation of any health concerns, as well as those pertaining to knee conditions, and offer advice on how the problem can be treated and prevented in the future. 

In addition, our practitioners are knowledgeable in the best ways to promote the best in musculoskeletal and general health – to enable you to get the most out of your health and body. 

If there are any issues concerning you, don’t hesitate to bring them up at your next consultation.