Knee pain is a common complaint that affects people of all ages. When the knee becomes injured, not only can you feel its impact on your pain levels, but it can also prevent you from being able to perform a vast range of actions and tasks.
Knee pain is usually a dull ache, which may become sharp when you make specific movements. This pain has many causes such as old and sudden injuries, arthritis, obesity, poor posture, tendonitis, bursitis, spine misalignment, bone spurs and pinched nerves.
The most common knee pain is in the front of the knee – behind or around the kneecap itself. This is usually caused by weak and tight quadricep muscles, which cause the kneecap to grind on the bones behind it. This aggravates the cartilage, causes achy pain and occasionally some swelling.
Other less common types of knee pain are meniscus (cartilage) and ligament pain. These usually occur from higher velocity injuries whether through sport or a trip or fall. These injuries can take longer to heal and need necessary treatment and rehabilitation to restore function.
The good news is that with the help of an experienced and skilled Chiropractor or Physiotherapist, you can enjoy relief from chronic pain and improve your range of motion at the knee joint.
How can we help with your knee pain?
Knee pain is a common and disabling complaint that we see at Thrive Health Co. There are many things that can cause knee pain and treatment for knee pain always follows a thorough assessment by one of our experienced health care providers.
After a thorough assessment of the knee itself, we will look at your movement patterns –walking, squatting and lunging…. Or if you are in good physical shape we might ask you to do a single-leg squat. This will allow us to see why your knee has become overloaded and injured.
Once we have assessed your movement patterns, we can apply manual techniques (massage, adjustments and taping) to release the muscles and tissues around the knee. This should ease and relieve the knee pain. We then tailor a rehabilitation program to ensure full recovery from your knee complaint. This commonly involves exercises for your muscles around your knee as well as your hip – as this provides stability for your knee.