A Beginner’s Guide To How Chiropractors Treat Knee Pain

Knee pain can be experienced by everyone irrespective of age. It is usually discomforting and can lead to other more severe issues if overlooked. It occurs commonly as a result of torn ligaments or damaged cartilage. There are, however, several factors that are responsible for knee pain.

Chiropractors are experienced biomechanical experts and can treat your knee pain and also offer professional advice on how you can prevent avoidable knee pain issues. They are well-trained musculoskeletal specialists and can refer you to a knee specialist when the injury is beyond their scope of practice or their ability to resolve it.


Symptoms of knee pain

Knee pain varies in severity and location in the knee. Knee pain can be acute or chronic, depending on the underlying cause of the pain. Symptoms of knee pain include the following:

  • Tenderness of the knee accompanied by redness
  • Stiffness and swelling of the affected knee.
  • A feeling of weakness in the knee
  • Knee making crunching or popping sounds
  • Knee cannot be fully straightened or bent.


Causes of knee pain

Knee pain can be caused by several factors, and they include:

  • Injuries

Ligaments and tendons can be severely affected in the case of a knee injury.  Knee injuries can cause significant damage to cartilage and bones around the knee joint. The effect of knee pain is also determined by the type of injury, such as fractures, torn meniscus, pes anserine, plica, patella tendonopathy, etc.

  • Dislocated knee cap

When the patella (knee cap) slips out of place, the knee is said to have been dislocated. There are some knee cap dislocations that are very visible.

  • Foot or hip pain

Foot or hip pain is a transferable pain in which injuries to the foot or hip can also cause you to feel pain in your knee. Your change in posture or walk patterns due to pain in your foot or a hip can cause more pressure to be exerted on your knees thereby causing pain

  • Iliotibial band disorder

When your iliotibial band (tough band connecting the outer knee to the outer hip) rubs with your outer femur due to tightness might result in severe knee pain. This can irritate a bursa in the region and REALLY become a problem.

However, other factors such as osteoarthritis, obesity, aging, etc. can also lead to acute or chronic knee pain.


How Chiropractors can help treat knee pain

Amarillo chiropractors can help you treat knee pain. They are well trained to use different bone adjustment methods as well as physical therapy advice that can help alleviate knee pain and get you right back on your feet. Here are some ways chiropractors can help care for knee pain patients. They include:

  • Identifying the root cause of the pain

Treating the effect of pain alone without identifying the root cause of the problem will only relieve the pain temporary. Chiropractors help you to identify the cause of the pain and help treat the root cause, thereby giving you more lasting relief. Chirorpactors are biomechanical, musculoskeletal experts and can typically find the cause of imbalances in the way you move.

  • Bone manipulation and adjustment

Manipulative therapy and manual therapy can be very effective in treating biomechanical imbalance and movement dysfunctions. Not only that but it acts as an analgesic to decrease pain, decrease joint inflammation, and increase joint range of motion.

  • Advice on regular exercise

For persons with osteoarthritis of the knee as a result of excess weight or obesity, chiropractors in Amarillo are well trained to give you good advice on the right form of exercise. Doing the right exercise that can help regain your knee muscle strength is key to recovering.

 You should also engage in weight loss exercises to reduce the pressure exerted on the knee. Exercises like partial squats are very effective in building your knee muscle strength.

  • Low Level Laser (aka Cold Laser)

Cold laser is excellent for joint inflammation and pain reduction! It is painless and only takes a few minutes 2-3 times per week in an attempt to speed up the healing process.


How we can help

If you are suffering from knee pain and this is taking much of your time as you are not allowed to carry out your usual daily activities, then you might want to consider us.

We are one of the best chiropractors in Amarillo, and our compassionate team will not only help you with the best and most effective chiropractic adjustment, but we can also provide you with knowledge on how to take control of your health.

Our lead chiropractor is a specialist in orthopedics and the neuromusculoskeletal system and has an advanced certification in whiplash biomechanics and traumatology.  Dr. Williams is currently undergoing study towards his certification as a Diplomate in the International Academy of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine and will get certified in about two months.