Knee pain is very common among our population. It can occur from injury or medical conditions such as gout, arthritis and infection.
What are the common Knee injuries causes?
- Ignoring minor knee pain – tight muscles and inactivated (non-working)muscles can leave a knee open for injury and more serious injury.
- Excess weight – there is a body perfect weight for each person. Gaining just 20-30 lbs can cause increased knee pain.
- Not resting after a knee strain or injury. If the knee doesn’t have time to heal, it makes the body more vulnerable to injury.
- Lack of flexibility in muscles can lead to a strain or injury.
What are the Medical Conditions that cause knee pain?
- Arthritis Degenerative and inflammatory issues
- Chronic Muscle injury
What are the components that make up the knee?
- 2 meniscus
- Anterior Cruciate Ligament and Posterior Cruciate Ligament
- Median Cruciate Ligament and Lateral Cruciate Ligament
- Femur, Fibular head and Tibial Head
- Quadriceps muscle, Hamstring, Groin Muscles, Anterior Shin muscles and Calf muscles
- Iliotibial Band (IT Band)
- Associated nerves and arteries
What are the symptoms of knee pain?
This may sound like a redundant question but when you think about the issues that make up pain, it is usually more than just pain itself. Look for the following symptoms to identify issues in your knee:
- Tight muscles
- Decreased range of motion
- Palpable increase in temperature when feeling the knee
- Clicking or popping sounds that are accompanied with discomfort or pain
- Weakness or feeling like the knee will collapse
What are the red flags in knee pain or discomfort that alert you to go seek medical care?
- Swelling or increased temperature felt on the knee
- Inability to extend the knee
- Cannot bear weight on the Knee
- Deformity in the knee
- Muscle tension and Pain lasting greater than 10 days
- Knee pain following a fall or trauma
What are the Treatments for knee pain?
- Surgery if a meniscus, ligament or muscle is torn
- Physical Medicine: chiropractic treatment or physical therapy
- Massage for a muscle tension and help with injury recovery
In our office, we use manual adjustments and the Graston Technique to treat the ligaments and tendons, which is a good solution when surgery isn’t the best option.
The treatment duration takes several days to weeks with some rest and exercise strongly recommended.