Ouch Knee Pain! How May Chiropractic Help?
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Living with knee pain should not stop you from living your life to the fullest. Whether your knee pain is chronic or acute, there are many treatments that may be used to address your knee pain, including chiropractic care.
Keep reading to learn more about knee pain, its potential causes and additional symptoms, as well as how chiropractic may help.
What Causes Pain in the Knees?
There are many different causes of knee pain. They include:
- Swollen or inflamed knee joints, causing stiffness and pain which may also vary in intensity and duration
- Fractures and infection in the knee joints
- Problems surrounding the muscles, ligaments and tendons of the knee
- Sports injuries
- Neurological problems in the knee causing knee and nerve pain
- Spinal concerns, causing radiating pain from the back down to the knee.
Different causes and symptoms may require different treatment. It is recommended to receive a professional assessment and diagnosis to address any troublesome or worrying pain or injury. You may visit a chiropractor for this.
What are the Common Symptoms of Knee Pain?
Knee pain can occur with a range of symptoms, including those listed below:
- Swelling and stiffness
- Popping and crunching noises
- Redness and warm to touch
- Weakness and instability
- Inability to move your knee in a full range of motion.
How can a chiropractor help with knee pain?
Have you considered having your knee problems checked by a chiropractor?
Unfortunately, people often decide to reduce their activity level, take pain medication or simply live with the pain too quickly without understanding the cause of their problem and what options they have to look after it better.
Chiropractic care may help fill in these gaps and address your knee pain. According to scientific studies, manual therapies such as chiropractic may help reduce the intensity of pain in individuals living with knee pain.
A diagnosis of underlying issues is important in a problem such as knee pain and dysfunction, as there can be so many causes. Examples include addressing alignment issues in the hips, pelvis and dysfunction in the lower back which can cause excessive strain on the knees.
Can Chiropractic Adjustments Help Knee Pain?
The techniques that a chiropractor often uses to address knee pain and dysfunction include mobilisation, chiropractic adjustments, soft tissue work, stretches and rehabilitation exercises.
Chiropractors are trained to refer out for imaging, or to a specialist if further investigation or treatment is needed.
Knee Pain FAQs
How do I know if my knee pain is serious?
There are many causes of knee pain that can be assessed and diagnosed by a Chiropractor. If you are unsure of the cause of your knee pain it is a good idea to have it checked out to avoid it becoming a more significant issue. Key indicators to know if your knee pain could be serious include:
- Swelling in the knee
- Knee “lock” and an inability to straighten it
- Instability or you heard a “pop”
- Weakness when trying to straighten the knee
- Difficulty walking or putting weight on your leg
Sometimes knee pain will occur due to incorrect biomechanics and will not be coming from the knee itself, but the surrounding joints. This is what your Chiropractor is skilled in assessing
What exercise is best for knee pain?
Different exercises will be important for the varying causes of knee pain.
Knee pain could be due to poor biomechanics, overuse, osteoarthritis, tendinitis, bursitis, meniscus tears and ligamentous issues. There are even more causes than these listed here!
As a general guide, some stretches and exercises that may be helpful for knee pain include a calf stretch, quadriceps and hamstring stretch as well as a half squat, calf raises and hamstring curl. Straight leg raises, side leg raises and prone leg raises may be helpful too.
For a more specific guide on what could be helpful for you in particular, a consultation with one of our Chiropractors is recommended.
What exercises should I avoid with bad knees?
Exercises we commonly recommend that those with painful or dysfunctional knees avoid are jumping exercises (Example Plyometric exercises), forward lunges and sprinting. Once the cause of your knee pain is determined, we can give more specific recommendations around this. And also prescribe exercises to safely stretch and strengthen the knee too.
Please don’t hesitate to contact our team at Our Family Chiropractor. You can count on us to address your health concerns with holistic and personalised chiropractic care.
Dr. Kerry Falzon (Chiropractor) is the principal chiropractor and founder of Our Family Chiropractor. Kerry studied a Bachelor of Chiropractic Science degree and followed this up with a Master of Chiropractic. Kerry has a passion for natural healthcare, particularly helping her clients achieve optimal nervous system health and spinal function. Areas of clinical interest include care for pregnant women, paediatric care, newborns, mums, dads, grandparents & athletes.