Knee pain is a common complaint for athletes and active individuals that visit Chiropractic of Bellevue. The pain is often difficult to ignore, debilitating, or interferes with leg mobility. Dr. Owens in Bellevue, WA specializes in sports chiropractic care and other surgery-free methods to address pain and improve functionality.
What Causes Knee Pain?
The knee is a hinge joint consisting of bones and soft tissues including muscles, tendons, ligaments, and cartilage. The main bones are the kneecap (patella), the thigh bone (femur), and the shin bone (tibia). There are also the bursae or fluid-filled sacs to prevent friction during movement.
Your knee is a strong structure that handles your upper body weight allowing you to bear weight, flex your leg, twist, and pivot. Eventually, the joint becomes worn, making it more susceptible to injuries and pain caused by:
- Muscle strains or ligament sprains
- Overuse injuries from repetitive movements
- Auto accidents or falls
- Being overweight
- Torn cartilage (more often the meniscus)
- Dislocated or broken kneecap
- Gout or rheumatoid arthritis
- Structural imbalances such as spinal misalignment or foot arch problems
Knee bursitis and knee tendinitis are commonly associated with overuse injuries. Chiropractic care reduces the symptoms caused by these issues.
Pain can vary in intensity and frequency depending on if it is caused by an acute injury or a chronic condition such as arthritis. Other related symptoms include:
- Stiffness, swelling, or tender to touch
- Trouble bearing pressure on the knee or bending the knee
- Pain that becomes worse with activities such as stair climbing
- Grinding or popping sounds when walking
- Locked knee
- Knee weakness or the knee "gives out"
Chiropractic Care Helps Knee Pain
Our chiropractor does not rely on pain medication or invasive procedures like knee surgery to produce results. Instead, we may recommend treatment methods such as Kinesio taping, knee adjustments, or postural correction. However, we will first perform a detailed physical exam and x-ray of the joint to diagnose your condition. Your treatment plan will be based on the results of these tests.
A quick knee adjustment repositions the soft tissues and bones in the area to restore their proper alignment. Proper alignment improves physical balance, reduces pain and inflammation, and minimizes excessive weight on the knee. In addition, massage therapy, physical therapy, and corrective exercises can be used to relieve pain, strengthen the muscles, and increase your flexibility.
We often advise our patients to eat healthily and maintain a healthy body weight as a way of preventing recurring knee pain. Wearing shoes that support your unique foot arch and foot orthotics may also provide additional relief.
Contact Our Chiropractor in Bellevue, WA
At Chiropractic of Bellevue, we take a "whole person" approach to treating and preventing knee pain. Call our team today at (425) 802-5432 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.