Many of our patients have been becoming more active this time of year with various activities such as jogging as a way to meet their New Year health resolutions. Every year at about this time we see a greater number of patients complaining of knee pain due to increased activity.
There are several possible causes for the specific knee pain you may be experiencing. If you have pain behind or below the knee cap you may notice that climbing stairs or walking downstairs increases the pain. Pain deep inside the knee may become worse as you bend into a squatted position or remain seated for prolonged periods. Knee pain on the sides of the knee is often related to walking on uneven terrain or repetitive twisting movements.
Did you know that chiropractic adjustments to the feet and knees can make a positive impact on reducing or eliminating knee pain?
The knee is a “hinge joint” similar to the hinge on a door. Unlike the hip or shoulder joints, which move in multiple planes of motion, the knee is designed to only move in one plane. Because of its limited range of motion, the knee is vulnerable when the ankle, leg or hip becomes abnormally rotated or misaligned.
The knee depends upon the foot, ankle, and hip joints being properly aligned in order to maintain its healthy function. When the foot, ankle or hip loses its healthy alignment, you may begin to experience symptoms of pain, stiffness or popping in the knee joint.
Do not allow your knee problem to continue without having it checked for misalignment. When knee joint misalignments are left uncorrected, the cartilage (meniscus) inside the joint will begin to erode and wear down. This is known as degenerative joint disease or osteoarthritis.
Maintaining healthy alignment of your feet, legs and hips is one of the most important things you can do to proactively prevent against degenerative arthritis in the knee joint.
We would love to help if you or someone you know suffers with knee pain or reduced function. Please call to make an appointment for yourself or anyone you would like to refer for a knee evaluation.