Usually reported as a secondary problem alongside back pain. However having had a lot of experience treating sporting knee injuries we do see a lot of them at the clinic with excellent results.
Firstly what you need to have is a “functional movement screen”. This is to assess how you move i.e squatting, walking, running, and lunging. Or we can make it more sport specific such as someone who gets pain coming out of the blocks in athletics, or striking a football etc.
It is important to see the “knee tracking” i.e your alignment of your knee joint. The medical terms are valgus or varus so do you have “knock knees” or “bow legs”.
Once we have established your alignment and movement patterns then we move on to orthopaedic testing and palpation.
This will rule out cartilage (meniscal damage), ligamentous injury such as the cruciate or collateral damage. Although orthopaedic testing is reliable usually an MRI is recommended if there has been significant injury. This can be associated with locking of the knee, popping or a catching kind of pain.
Simple strains of the muscles and tendons are easy to pick up and treat.
Another common knee problem in young active adolescent males who have pain and swelling below the knee cap is Osgood-schlatters where the tendons pull on the bone and cause irritation. This can be treated with taping an ultrasound therapy to reduce inflammation.
More commonly treated in the ageing population is osteoarthritis of the knees. The main symptom will be pain and stiffness waking up and sitting to standing. The pain usually subsides when you get moving. We can check your knee movement to see if it is within normal limits for your age range.
Knee pain can we help?
Knee pain is an increasingly common problem in our society and as a result we see more and more patients with knee problems. The most common complaints are infact ‘wear and tear’ or osteoarthritis and although a condition such as osteoarthritis is not curable, the symptoms can be reduced and the progression of the problem can be helped thanks to our unique approach to treatment. Chiropractic treatment is also very effective for many other knee problems as well.
Chiropractic treatment may well be the answer if:
• knee pain is more frequent and limiting your day-to-day or sporting activities.
• you have been given painkillers and been told to rest with no long-term improvement or change.
• you have been told you have arthritis and there is nothing that can be done? This will probably sound familiar.
What is Chiropractic treatment of knee pain?
The treatment is tailor made to suit each patient and their specific conditions.
Stage 1: Reduce joint inflammation and reduce pain.
Avoidance of aggravating factors, use of a support, sports tape
Ice to reduce inflammation, muscle spasm and pain
Soft tissue healing: using ultrasound and interferential therapy.
Stage 2: Normalise joint function
Specific chiropractic manipulation and mobilisation techniques to areas of restricted movement in the knee and surrounding joints, to increase movement, improve the function and reduce pain
Deep soft tissue massage, trigger-point therapy and cross-friction. Instrument assisted soft tissue mobilisation using the FAKTR principle with movement based release. Dry needling or medical acupuncture to release tight muscles.
Stage 3: Rehabilitation exercise programme.
When appropriate we introduce exercises to improve strength, endurance and stability. We also work on improving your balance and your sense of joint position (proprioception). This will help you to return to normal and also prevent new injuries.
Any further information you require please give us a call to discuss things in more detail.
THE SYKES VERWEY CENTRE IS THE LEADING CHIROPRACTIC AND SPORTS INJURY CLINIC IN DEVON.
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