The leading causes behind knee pain I see bringing patients into my office are:
When a patient tells me he has knee pain, right off the bat I’m looking to see where that muscle imbalance is coming from. Usually you’ll see an imbalance on one side or the other, front or back, or even the top of the leg. But a lot of the time I see the knee is actually responding to something that’s going on somewhere else. It could be related to the low back, the hip or even as high as the neck. This is because when one area moves, the area below there is going to compensate. Over time this causes a muscle imbalance to occur.
When the muscle imbalance occurs, this leads us into joint weakness. This is something that happens over time and it adds to the same problem. With the help of chiropractic adjustments on these issues, we can get the knee moving properly again.
If you haven’t had the knee treated, and there has been some muscle imbalance and joint weakness going on around the knee, this will cause inflammation. I commonly see chronic inflammation. Inflammation that has been there for years of a patients life. This is due to the fact the joint isn’t moving properly. The knee is a weight bearing joint and you are going to use it everyday. This inflammation builds up because the body is trying to heal itself. If it’s there for a long enough time, it can actually become permanent. So you want to make sure you get that checked out. This is especially important for athletes, particularly if you’ve had an injury recently. You want to prevent that from getting worse over time.
My personal favorite: Nerve flow. This is what I’m always going to look for in my chiropractic office. I want to make sure the message from the brain through the spine is getting to the rest of your body and down into your legs. Especially to that knee. The root cause of the knee problem is usually the spinal joint being misaligned which affects the knee. When I fix that joint, that is going to improve the nerve flow. It will be restored to its proper state.
That is what I look for to help with knee pain in my Denver, NC chiropractic office. If you are having issues with your knee and I can be of service please contact me with any questions or to set up a consultation.