Knee pain’s like sand at the beach; not only is it everywhere, but you’ll find yourself hard pressed to get rid of it. Many people complain of knee pain and feel they have no recourse for dealing with it other than to take painkillers as often as they feel it, which of course mitigates the efficacy of the painkillers over time in many cases. The most common issues dealing with knee pain are complaints of so-called wear and tear or osteoarthritis. Now, of course, osteoarthritis is not some disease of which you can be cured and sent on your merry way, but by far, your best bet is to deal directly with a chiropractor. Chiropractic care can reduce the symptoms of your knee pain even in the case of osteoarthritis, devil that it can be. Not only this, chiropractors can even halt the progression of the problem and address its root cause rather effectively.
One of the ways you can be assured that it’s time for you to see your chiropractor about this more-than-nagging knee pain you’ve been complaining about is if the pain is actually impinging upon your level of activity from day to day. Another indicator is that you’ve been to the doctor more than once, and you’re now just being sent on your way with painkillers and being instructed to rest, which can sometimes seem patronizing, especially if the effects of the painkillers seem in any way insufficient. Maybe you’ve been told, perhaps even just by a friend, that you’re dealing with arthritis and that there’s nothing that can be done about such a thing. Chiropractors are used to being the heroes in these situations.
Let’s Look at That Knee
Your knee is actually a rather complex joint, and it is dependent upon muscles and ligaments for its stability. It is also one of the joints tasked with bearing the most weight out of all the joints in your body because you stand, walk, and run with all your upper body weight (as well as that of your thighs, which are pretty heavy muscles) balanced directly on your knees. The knee itself is comprised of the following parts:
- The tibio-femoral joint, which hinges between the lower leg and the thigh
- The patella-femoral joint, which nests between the thigh and the knee cap
- Muscles and ligaments, which provide both passive and active stability for the knee’s joints
- The menisci, which are two ring-shaped discs made of cartilage in the knee
Examine the Joint
When you feel pain concentrated on the knee, the parts listed above are collectively a clear indication that several things need to be examined in order to figure out precisely what the problem is. This is what a chiropractor can do very efficiently. It falls well within the parameters of chiropractic training. Your chiropractor will want to determine whether or not there are outstanding factors away from the knee itself that may be contributing, too. As such, he or she is going to examine your lower back, your hip, your pelvis, your ankle, and your foot because these are areas where certain problems can end up translating to pain in the knee, as if the knee didn’t have enough potential causes within its many parts on its own.
Chiropractors get a rather comprehensive medical history from you so that they are not blindsided with any additional concerns and so that they can ensure the answer is not lying in wait with your grandmother or something. They also perform pretty thorough physicals and what they call biomechanical examinations as well upon getting started. This helps them narrow their diagnosis to one as accurate as possible, which is the only way you can be successfully treated such that the root cause of your pain is addressed. In so doing, they figure out how to treat the knee by way of evaluation of other joints and muscles that share causal relations with the knee as well.