Knee pain is a common ailment that is often ignored, but one that almost everyone experiences at some point in time. This condition can occur for a wide variety of reasons. Some of those can be addressed by a chiropractor. If you live in Omaha and want to see how we can help, contact us at the Chiropractic Health Clinic for more information.
What Causes Knee Pain?
Whether you are athletic, exercise on a regular basis or are simply getting older, knee injuries and knee pain are commonplace. Your knee carries the weight of your body and absorbs the force of impact from every step. It can be caused by a direct blow to the knee, an accidental fall or even hyperextension. Other causes of knee pain include arthritis and tendinitis.
Symptoms of Knee Pain
If you experience any type of discomfort in your knee, it’s important to get it checked before it becomes difficult to walk or move around. Some of the most common symptoms of knee pain include:
- Popping noises while moving
- Stiffness, instability, and swelling
- Burning or a throbbing sensation with movement
Diagnosing Knee Pain
Your doctor will perform a complete physical exam on the knee and notate any swelling or physical abnormalities. They will check the stability of the ligaments and tendons, along with integrality of the meniscus and finer joint tissue. They may recommend X-rays and other diagnostic test to get a complete assessment of the injury and find the cause of pain.
What Can a Chiropractor Do?
When you visit one of our chiropractors for knee pain, we will obtain a full health history to help rule out any underlying causes of your pain. You will also be asked when the pain started and if you know of any possible causes. You will probably be asked to walk a few steps in the exam room or hallway so we can notate exactly when and where the pain occurs when you put weight on the joint and note any issues with your gait.
With adjustments to the knee, your chiropractor can help position your knee back into the correct position. Our doctors can use ultrasound therapy, cold laser therapy, in office exercises and provide you with a series of exercises to do at home to help strengthen the muscles around the knee that provide support.
In some cases, you may need to wear a brace to support the knee while it heals and while you are going through treatment. Your chiropractor may also recommend lifestyle changes, such as losing weight, shoe changes, or adding custom insoles to your shoes to help reduce the pain.
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