Knee pain and dysfunction are particularly common among two groups of people, athletes/physically active individuals and the elderly.
Either way, knee pain can significantly impact your daily activities. Beyond that, if you are suffering with knee pain, chances are, it is causing problems elsewhere as your body attempts to compensate for the pain.
Athletes and those who engage in sports on a regular basis often experience knee pain due to trauma and overuse, whereas the elderly population experience knee pain due to arthritis.
TYPES OF KNEE PAIN:
Acute injuries such as meniscus or ACL tears, joint arthritis, Osgood Schlatters disease, ITB syndrome (runners knee), patella tracking, and referred pain from the lower back and hip region.
CAUSES OF KNEE PAIN:
- Poor spinal alignment
- Changes in weight bearing
- Trauma such as sporting injuries
- Prolonged sitting
- Lack of muscle strength
- Poor Flexibility
- Excessive weight
- Repetitive movement/use
- Underlying disease or pathology (rare)
WHAT IS THE MOST COMMON CAUSE OF KNEE PAIN?
Once we have ruled out any underlying disease or problem, the most common cause of knee pain are mechanical in nature. Often knee pain starts in the lower back, pelvis and hip area.
If these areas are not well balanced it changes how the individual weightbears. Unnecessary weight bearing onto the knee joints is the most common cause of knee pain. This is often the result of poor posture and spinal alignment.
This can start problems from occurring, as well as delay or prevent recovery.
HOW TO FIX KNEE PAIN?
There are two ways in which you can choose to deal with knee pain:
1. Continually treat the pain and symptoms as they appear:
The most common way people will treat the pain associated with knee pain is with medications, such as; paracetamol or Ibuprofen or other ‘quick fix’ therapies.
Opting for a ‘quick fix’ approach to knee pain, while ignoring the underlying cause may help you feel better in the short term, however your problem is likely to return. This approach can lead to vicious cycles of pain and dysfunction and potentially lead to chronic pain.
2. Correcting the cause:
Chiropractic is concerned with correcting the underlying cause of knee pain, which is poor posture or spinal alignment. Particularly within the hip and low back.
Let me explain…
Your body is similar to a house in many ways. If the houses foundations are ‘off’ or begin to slip, it will cause issues throughout the house. The doors will jam, the walls will crack, and the roof will leak.
You can either constantly fix all the issues that arise from having poor foundations, or you can fix the foundations to prevent future problems occurring.
The same is true with your body. However, the foundation of your body is your spinal alignment or posture. If your spinal alignment is off, or your posture is bad, it places unnecessary pressure on the joints of your spine and especially your knees. This can cause degeneration of the knee joint, muscle spasms, and irritation of the spinal nerves surrounding the lower back (which supply the lower limb)
HOW DOES CHIROPRACTIC HELP KNEE PAIN?
At Capital Chiropractic Centre we have great results treating knee for both physically active people and the elderly.
Chiropractic adjustments are designed to correct your underlying spinal alignment and posture. Having correct spinal alignment takes pressure off the joints of your spine, your knee joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons and nerves. This removal of pressure allows the body to heal naturally, as nature intended. Taking pressure off your knee joints, allows everything to recover.
Dr Winnie Wong, utilises a variety of different chiropractic techniques, from hands on manual style adjusting (Diversified and Gonstead), to gentle low-force techniques. Depending on your needs, your body type and the type of knee pain you are suffering with, we will cater a treatment style to your body. This ensures you see the best results and start feeling better fast.
Correct spinal alignment takes pressure off your spine and knee joints, helping you feel better, but it also takes the pressure off your nervous system. The nervous system is the communication pathway between the brain and the body.
Your spine and skull are responsible for protecting this vital organ.
When your spine is not functioning well, it can have implications into how efficiently your nervous system is working. Correct spinal alignment is critical to ensure clear communication between the brain and the body.
A well functioning spine and a clear nervous system is vital for overall health and wellbeing.
HOW TO PREVENT KNEE PAIN?
At Capital Chiropractic Centre, our goal is to not simply ‘get rid of your pain’ but to ensure we prevent future problems from occurring. On top of correcting the underlying cause of your problem, your spinal alignment, we tailor specific rehabilitation exercises for you, give you lifestyle and ergonomic advice, as well as periodic maintenance adjustments. The combination of these, helps you live a healthy life free of pain.
After all prevention is better than a cure.