Knee injuries, or at least knee aches and pains, are extremely common in chiropractic. Knee pain does not, necessarily, need to be treated by orthopaedic care; a visit to a chiropractor can yield similar, if not more effective, results. The chiropractor’s approach to knee pain includes an evaluation for possible spinal or pelvic involvement in addition to local knee dysfunction.
Like a sitting duck, the knee is essentially susceptible to injury from many forces such as the following and all these can lead to knee pain:
1. Impact related injuries
2. Exterior blows to the knee
3. Afflictions from dashboard
4. Direct afflictions from falls
Soft tissue injuries resulting in knee pain are usually the result of either overuse or disuse. Some common presentations to a chiropractor’s office include:
1. Anterior knee pain from an athlete
2. Stiffness and knee pain from an elderly patient.
3. Youthful athlete feeling tenderness over the tibial tuberosity.
4. Patient verbalizing that his knee is giving way, or knee instability.
Knee pain treatment should ideally recommend a traditional approach first. Most knee pain responds very well to a combination of non-invasive treatments such as chiropractic adjustments, applying heat or cold, exercise to strengthen the muscles that support the knee and temporarily restraining from activities that aggravate the knee pain.
These are what your chiropractor will do first: take a thorough history, perform neurological and orthopaedic tests and take diagnostic radiograms to determine the cause of your knee pain. With the results in hand, they will develop a customized plan of management specifically for your case.