When you are experiencing knee pain, it can make it difficult to do just about anything. Walking up and down the stairs is tedious at best and navigating something as simple as a hallway can seem like an obstacle course. It can be even more discouraging if you’ve tried various treatments such as pain pills or muscle relaxers and the pain still doesn’t go away. Surgery is not the only option. Did you know that there are chiropractic treatments for knee pain relief?
What Causes Knee Pain?
A number of issues cause knee pain. Everything ranging from something as simple as bad posture to a serious injury from a car accident. Arthritis, ligament and tendon injuries, meniscus tears, and knee cartilage injuries are just a few of the other culprits. Referred pain, which occurs when pain is perceived at one location but is actually caused by another, is also often associated with knee pain. Basically, this means that pain in the knee can actually be a result of injuries or abnormalities in other parts of the body. This is often from conditions such as nerve compression in the lower back or problems with the muscles surrounding the knee.
How Can a Chiropractor Help?
Especially if you haven’t worked with a chiropractor before, you might be surprised at all of the treatment options available. A chiropractor has many tools in their arsenal to help treat knee pain, but they will most likely begin with a full evaluation to get to the source of the pain. As mentioned previously, there are a variety of potential reasons knee pain can occur and your treatment plan might depend in large part on what is causing the pain in the first place.
One of the hallmarks of chiropractic care is getting to the root of the issue, instead of treating the symptoms. Your chiropractor will conduct a full oral and physical history and conduct a thorough examination. This is important since the various components—bone, muscle, tissue, nerves—of our bodies are all connected, so if even one component is out of alignment, the other parts can be affected, too.
Knee Pain Treatment Options
Once the specific source of your knee pain has been identified, there are a variety of things the chiropractor may do. Of course, treatments will be unique according to individual patient needs. Listed below are just a few of the treatments your chiropractor may prescribe. Treatment plans will more than likely encompass several of these options, and some that are not on this list.
- In some cases, even if just temporarily, supportive devices may be recommended. These devices may aid in increasing mobility and to keep further injury from occurring while treating the source of the knee pain.
- Ice may also be used as part of treatment to help reduce inflammation. This can also aid in reducing muscle spasms and pain.
- Deep tissue massage is another technique that chiropractors may recommend to treat your knee pain. This can help relieve pain and improve range of motion.
- Chiropractic manipulation, adjustments, and mobilization are additional techniques for treating knee pain. As mentioned previously, pain in one area of the body can often actually be caused from another source, so manipulation may occur in the area of the pain, but in other areas of the body as well.
- Supplements may also be prescribed that will promote joint health.
- Injections may be placed in the joint that can provide relief for up to several months.
- Finally, chiropractors may also suggest physical rehabilitation as a possible source of treatment. Physical therapy can help in several ways, including improving balance and strength, as well as endurance and stability.
When Should I Consult a Chiropractor for my Knee Pain?
The short answer is as soon as you realize you are having any sort of trouble. Unfortunately, by the time you are experiencing any pain, the damage has probably been brewing for some time already. The sooner your chiropractor is able to get to the source of your pain and address it, the less likely you are to suffer permanent damage.
That being said, there are certain conditions that might also prompt you to visit your chiropractor for your knee pain. Just a few of these include:
- Your knee pain is getting in the way of performing everyday tasks, or prohibiting you from participating in sports or fitness activities, or other areas of your life that are necessary or bring you joy.
- You may notice additional symptoms, besides pain in the joint, including tenderness on the skin in the area of the knee, tingling and numbness, swelling, and instability. You might also notice popping or cracking noises when using the knee.
- If you’ve been taking pain killers or other medications but have not seen any long term improvement or relief, then it would be a good idea to visit your chiropractor to see what other options might be available.
- Maybe you’ve been suffering from arthritis and you believe that there is nothing more that can be done. Chiropractic care might help to provide a solution.
- If you’ve been advised that your main option is surgery, then it’s worth the visit to the chiropractor to see if there might be other options available to you. Chiropractic treatments are generally much more affordable, and certainly less risky, than surgery. What do you have to lose?
Reach out to a Qualified Chiropractor
If you have been suffering from knee pain and have been contemplating expensive and potentially risky surgery, or if your knee pain is prohibiting your enjoyment of life in any way, consider consulting a licensed chiropractor. Treatments are non-invasive, comfortable, and usually very affordable, especially as compared to many other available options for your knee pain.
Please contact Freedom Health Centers at (972) 542-3300 today to learn more about chiropractic treatment options for your knee pain. Our experienced staff provides a full evaluation as well as the information you need to make your best treatment decisions.