A Common Cause of Knee Pain
Many of our patients have been becoming more active this time of year with activities such as jogging and new exercise routines as a way to meet those New Year health resolutions. Every year at about this time we see a greater number of patients complaining of knee pain due to increased activity.
There are several possible causes for the specific knee pain you may be experiencing. If you have painbehind the knee cap you may notice that climbing stairs or walking downstairs increases that pain. Paindeep inside the knee may become worse as you bend into a squatted position or remain seated for prolonged periods. Knee pain on the sides of the knee is often related to walking on uneven terrain, repetitive twisting movements, or being active for extended periods of time.
Did you know that chiropractic adjustments to the feet and knees can make a positive impact on reducing or eliminating those knee pains you may be suffering from?
The knee is a “hinge joint” similar to the hinge on a door. Unlike the hip or shoulder joints, which move in multiple planes of motion, the knee is designed to only move in one plane (flexion and extension). Because of its limited range of motion, the knee is vulnerable when the ankle, leg or hip becomes abnormally rotated or misaligned.
The knees depend upon the feet, ankles, leg and hip bones and joints being properly aligned in order to maintain their healthy function. When any of those bones or joints loses its healthy alignment, you may begin to experience symptoms of pain, stiffness or popping in the knee joint.
Do not allow your knee problem continue without having it checked for misalignments. When knee joint misalignments are left uncorrected, the cartilage (meniscus) inside the joint will begin to erode and wear down. This is known as degenerative joint disease or osteoarthritis.
Maintaining healthy alignment of your feet, legs and hips is one of the most important things you can do to proactively prevent against degenerative arthritis in the knee joint.
Our clinic takes great pride in being equipped to successfully treat most musculoskeletal knee conditions. We would love to help if you or someone you know suffers with knee pain or reduced function. Please call to make an appointment for yourself or anyone you would like to refer for a knee evaluation.