When most people think about the types of pain that can be alleviated with chiropractic care, they tend to think about the head and neck. Knee pain, however, is becoming a more common complaint due to chronically poor posture and the eventual strain spinal misalignment can have on the leg joints. Knee pain is showing up more and more in people who work sedentary jobs and spend hours a day hunched over their desks and people who work manual labor and do not lift heavy loads properly.
Knee pain is often found in conjunction with back pain and can be caused both by sudden injury like stomping on the joint too hard or by incorrect posture. So what to do? While pain relievers may offer temporary relief for upper back pain, they fail to address to root of the problem and often lose potency after repeated doses. Chiropractic care can offer long-term solutions by targeting the problem areas and correcting the injury but also by preventing future harm.
The majority of knee pain is caused by muscular irritation and dysfunction in the joints. The reason the knee is prone to pain is that the nerves from the lower back and spine travel through the leg to the knee and the muscles and joints can become easily inflamed. A chiropractor can pinpoint which of these areas is causing the pain and proceed accordingly and safely. Your chiropractor will likely perform a physical exam and may use digital x-ray, MRI, or CAT scan to determine where your trauma is located and the areas being impacted.
Treatment for muscular irritation will often include a combination of massage therapy, stretching and strengthening exercises while the joint pain will require manual manipulation and stretching. A good chiropractor will also send you home with exercises and posture adjustments you can do on your own time in order to prevent further damage. A combination of chiropractic care and chiropractor supervised at home care could even keep you from expensive joint surgeries that would require a long healing time and set you on the road to long-term wellness.
If you suffer from chronic knee pain, it is time to visit a reputable chiropractor and address the issue before it worsens. A trip to the chiropractor can save you money and free you from pain you may have been dealing with for years! There's no reason to wait when relief is in sight.