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Chiropractic Knee Pain Treatment

Knee pain is a common problem often caused by aging, injury, or overuse. Mild pain usually gets better in a few days with home treatments, but chronic or severe pain needs proper care to ease discomfort and stop it from getting worse. Chiropractic care, a holistic approach, can help treat knee pain and underlying issues.

Chiropractic care is good if you like natural healing and your knee pain isn’t because of an injury or a condition needing surgery.

Read on to find out more about common causes of knee pain, how Mill Creek Chiropractic care can help, and what to expect during sessions. Call us today at (425) 742–7772 to book an appointment.

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Symptoms of knee pain

There are several common knee pain symptoms, which vary in intensity and location depending on the underlying cause:

  • Swelling around the knee 
  • Redness or warmth to the touch 
  • Joint stiffness or limited range of motion 
  • Weakness or instability 
  • Sharp, shooting pains

Causes of knee pain

While moderate knee pain can be caused by something as small as mechanical stress, severe pain is usually the result of an injury or trauma. Bone diseases are also a rather frequent cause of discomfort in the knees. Other less common causes of knee pain include:

  • Serious bone diseases including gout, arthritis, and infections
  • A fractured or dislocated kneecap
  • Inflammation  around the knee
  • Patellar tendinitis
  • Ruptured ligament

Chiropractic Treatment For Knee Pain

Chiropractic care is a complementary medicine that focuses on your body’s natural healing ability. It believes that aligning the body improves the nervous system and overall well-being. A chiropractor is a healthcare professional who diagnoses and treats conditions like chronic pain. They take a holistic approach, considering factors like injuries and lifestyle habits. Chiropractors use techniques to align your spine and joints, which can improve movement, reduce discomfort, and enhance function, ultimately making you feel more relaxed and less stressed.

What knee conditions do chiropractors treat?

Chiropractors can help with various knee problems that make it hard to move around. They treat conditions like:

1. Osteoarthritis (OA): This happens when the knee’s cartilage breaks down from aging or injury, causing pain, stiffness, and limited movement.
2. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA): An inflammatory condition with symptoms like swelling and stiffness, leading to damage in bones, joints, and cartilage.
3. Meniscal injury: Tears in the meniscus due to aging, arthritis, or forceful twisting or rotating of the knee.
4. Patellar tendonitis: Repetitive injury causing inflammation and weakness in the patellar tendon, often seen in athletes.

How Do Chiropractors Treat Knee Pain?

Chiropractic treatment for knee pain depends on what’s causing it, considering factors like excess weight, posture, and work setup. Your chiropractor will determine if the pain is from a main cause or compensating for another issue. They’ll also look at accompanying symptoms like inflammation, stiffness, and weakness.

Treatment involves not just the knee but also areas like your neck, spine, and hips, as issues there can contribute to knee pain. Common treatments include:

1. Manual manipulation: Hands-on techniques to align your spine and joints, reducing stress and improving posture.
2. Traction: Stretching the knee to reduce inflammation and improve mobility.
3. Ultrasound: Sound waves massaging the knee to ease pain, inflammation, and stiffness.
4. Electrotherapy: Devices like TENS units deliver electric pulses to reduce swelling, ease tension, and boost blood flow.
5. Cold laser: A treatment aiding inflammation reduction and faster healing.
6. Infrared sauna: Heat helps to decrease pain, ease stiffness, and enhance blood flow.
7. Home exercise program: Personalized exercises and stretches to strengthen your knee and support muscles.

Chiropractors may also suggest physical therapy, massage therapy, or acupuncture based on your needs.

What to Expect During Chiropractic Sessions

In your first chiropractic session for knee pain, the chiropractor will ask about your health history, lifestyle, and job. They’ll inquire about when and how your pain started, what makes it better or worse, and details about the pain.

During the session, you’ll likely be standing, sitting, or lying down, fully clothed in comfortable, movable attire. It’s best to avoid jewelry and bulky accessories. The chiropractor may gently press on sore spots, feel your joints as you move, and listen for any sounds.

They might recommend more frequent sessions initially, depending on your situation. Chiropractors don’t give medications or do surgery. If they can’t help, they’ll guide you to the right healthcare professional.

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