Surprising as it sounds, knee pain is becoming more common for many patients. When you experience knee pain, you notice that even the simplest activity or task you do, on a daily basis, is difficult to do. From bending down to pick up a grocery bag, to climbing some stairs, or just getting out of bed in the morning and walking around the house, knee pain has a negative effect on your ability to function.
When it comes to knee pain, our team at Diamond Chiropractic in Omaha is experienced in understanding what the cause is and how to treat the pain.
Causes of Knee Pain
Knee pain can be due to several, different incidents. Sometimes the injury is obvious or sudden, such as a sports injury. You are able to recognize the cause of the pain immediately. Of course, there are other knee injuries that are more subtle than this. Aside from this, another common cause of knee pain is when the knee cartilage degenerates. This can happen over time, not immediately. Degenerated cartilage can cause arthritis in the knee, resulting in stiffening and inflammation in the joint.
The knee is a complex joint, relying on ligaments and muscles for stability. It is a major weight bearing joint, composed of the following:
- The tibio-femoral joint, located between the thigh and the lower leg;
- The patello-femoral joint, found between the knee cap and the thigh;
- Muscles and ligaments, which provide stability in the knee; and
- The menisci, which are two ring-shaped cartilage discs found in the knee.
When you experience knee pain, it is important that the knee joint is examined. In addition, the low back, pelvis, hip, ankle, and foot should also be looked at, for any further pain. Odd as it all sounds, it is possible for pain to spread from the knee to other muscles and joints, and vice versa. Pain can either travel from the low back area, pelvis and hip into the knee; or, if other joints below the knee are not working properly, over time, they can put stress on the knee and cause further injury.
How Knee Pain Affects Daily Life
Knee pain has a direct effect on how you perform daily tasks and activities. This includes using the stairs, sitting down or standing up, and even just walking. Decreasing your activity level, however, can cause issues to your overall physical and mental health, along with making you more likely to get injured.
Because the knee is a weight bearing joint, when it is placed under stress, your entire body can be affected. This is especially the case when it comes to body weight. For every extra pound, the knees have to carry four times that weight! This means, if the ideal weight for your height is 150 pounds and you weigh 200 pounds – 50 pounds over – that is 200 extra pounds of pressure on your knees! That would be the same as pulling five 20 pound weights on each knee.
There is some good news, though. Being active is better than not being active at all. So, if you are overweight, and you are suffering from knee pain, losing just 5 pounds can make a huge difference on your knees. Not only would this be good for your overall physical health, but also for your mental health. Overall, it is important to take care of your knees, and to seek help if you are experiencing knee pain.
Treatment for Knee Pain
At Diamond Chiropractic in Omaha, our chiropractor will perform an examination, take x-rays, and evaluate your posture to determine the cause and location of your knee pain. After comparing the findings and confirming the diagnosis, our chiropractor will develop a treatment plan to help alleviate your symptoms, heal the knee pain, and provide you with recommendations to lower your risk for possible re-occurrences.
Our doctor will realign the vertebrae in the affected area to increase your range of motion and alleviate the pain on the spinal nerves. Symptoms resulting from the pain, from other nerves in the affected area, may begin to decrease as well.
Electro-therapy, or acupuncture, is effective with knee pain, and with the symptoms. Patients will notice, after several treatments, the muscle spasms they experienced from knee pain begin to decrease. The intense pain patients had prior will start lowering as well, and they will start to see more mobility come back to their spine and other affected areas of the body.
With any injury, whether to the back, neck, or extremity, the last thing you want to do is make the pain worse. The same idea applies to healing knee pain. Our advice is designed to help you perform everyday tasks and responsibilities safely. We focus on healing and relief of the knee pain, not aggravating it further.
Contact Our Omaha Chiropractor for Knee Pain
If you have any kind of knee pain, then Diamond Chiropractic is your answer. Schedule an appointment with Diamond Chiropractic of Omaha, NE, today! Let us help you get relief from your knee pain, and start feeling better, right away.