The knee has been called the “middle child” of the lower extremities because much of its pain is actually caused by the siblings that surround it, namely the hip and ankle. Poor mobility or instability in either of these of these joints can result in mild to chronic pain in the corresponding knee.
Of course, knee pain can also be the product of improper movement, in particular, squatting with bad form. Trauma and overuse are other common causes.
Additionally, the knee is a common area of the degeneration that comes with age and knee replacement surgery is becoming increasingly common. However, just because an x-ray shows degeneration that doesn’t necessarily mean that degeneration is the source of the pain.
Damage to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is another common source of knee pain, especially among athletes. Women in particular are prone to these injuries, suffering them at a rate 10-times greater than men. Unfortunately, surgery is nearly always required to repair ACL damage.
The good news is that it’s often possible to identify young men and women who may be predisposed to ACL injuries so that they can begin a regimen of strengthening, stretching, and conditioning to lessen the likelihood of injury. This is one of the key reasons we offer free Functional Movement Screening at Team Chiropractic & Rehab.
Of course, as with all medical conditions, a thorough examination and a complete medical history is essential to diagnosing and treating knee pain. And while it’s easy to think the worst or jump to conclusions, you may find that your knee pain is from one of the many conditions that respond well to conservative care, including chiropractic treatment. Some examples of conditions we treat every day in our Johnston chiropractic clinic are:
- Patellofemoral Syndrome: Anterior (front) knee pain going up and down stairs
- IT Band Syndrome: Pain on the outside of the knee worse with running.
- Patellar Tendinits (Jumper’s Knee): Anterior (front) knee pain with jumping or running.
- Popliteus Tendinitis: Lateral (outside) knee pain following downhill running.
- Osgood Schlatter Disease: Pain and swelling at the anterior (front) knee, extra bone growth.
- Bursitis: Pain over the inside or outside of the knee.
- MCL Strains: Pain on the inside of the knee with rotation.
- Meniscus Tear: Pain with knee flexion, possible clicking in the knee.
- Osteoarthritis: Stiffness in the knee worse with prolonged sitting or walking.
- Trochanteric Bursitis: Pain on the outside of the hip; pain on the hip when lying on it; usually a burning sensation.
Contact Team Chiropractic and Rehabilitation first if you think you may be suffering from any of the above conditions. If, after a thorough physical, we determine the need for additional medical treatment outside of our sphere of practice, we will refer you to one of the area doctors and specialists we partner with. Of course, we are always happy to consult with your primary care physician or other medical practitioner, as well.
Our first priority is to relieve your pain so you Work Hard. Play Harder. Expect More.