So you have knee pain – now what? In a previous post, I discussed how sometimes knee pain is actually coming from the lower back. If this is the case, then I highly recommend chiropractic care to correct the problem. Once your back pain begins to resolve, the knee pain will also disappear, since it was only a side effect of the lower back imbalance in the first place. One of the things chiropractic is MOST effective at treating is low back pain – so this is a very good place to start.
But what if the pain is truly coming from the knees, and not secondary to back pain? Although there can be dozens of different conditions creating primary knee pain, in my experience most knee pain falls into one of two categories: Traumatic damage or overuse damage. Traumatic damage includes things like sprains and strains where the muscles, tendons, ligaments and menisci may be affected. These are injuries where you can describe a specific event that created your pain. You can report exactly what you were doing when you suddenly heard a pop or a snap, and the knee gave out on you. Injuries of this kind usually involve a significant amount of swelling, and can take some time to heal. The second category, Overuse damage, includes repetitive strain injuries and arthritis. Whole volumes have been written about arthritis, but suffice it to say that the damage is caused by wear and tear and inflammatory responses that follow.
Both categories of knee pain respond well to laser therapy, which is usually my first line of defense for any type of primary knee pain. Sometimes a patient will benefit from passive stretching exercises and manipulation of the knee joint, and I often recommend ice packs or cooling gel to help with short term relief.
In any case, you don’t have to suffer with knee pain – we can help!