Knee pain can cause people to put their life on hold. When the pain is too much or you ability to move is affected, Dr. Lipman can provide chiropractic treatment to relieve the discomfort from the Physical Evidence Chiropractic office located in Boca Raton, Florida.
Knee Pain Q & A
by David Lipman, DC
What causes knee pain?
Knee pain is a common problem which can be associated with any of the bony structures compromising the knee joint, such as the femur, tibia, fibula, and the kneecap, or is can be a result of an injury to or deterioration of the ligaments and cartilage of the knee. Knee pain is typically divided into three common categories: Acute injury, Medical conditions, and Chronic use/overuse conditions. Acute injuries can include:
- Ligament injuries such as an ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) injury
- Meniscus injuries where the shock-absorbing cartilage is injured
- Dislocation of the joint
Medical conditions can include:
- Rheumatoid arthritis which affects the joints
- Gout arthritis
- Septic arthritis where the knee joint is infected
Chronic Use/Overuse conditions include:
- Patellar tendinitis is inflammation of the tendons connecting the kneecap to the lower leg
- Osteoarthritis caused by use and age
When should I seek chiropractic treatment for knee pain?
Any pain which is not getting better with rest or recede within a few days should be evaluated by the doctor. In addition, if the symptoms and signs given below are occurring the doctor will need to examine the patient’s knee:
- Cannot bend the joint
- Cannot walk without discomfort or cannot walk at all
- Extreme pain
How Can the Chiropractor Help?
The chiropractor will evaluate the patient’s posture and inquire about his or her physical symptoms. The doctor will also compare the person’s postural alignment with a model of ideal alignment. Each patient’s posture and physical mobility will be surveyed, and links to any discomfort will be addressed. Using this information, the chiropractor will design a personalized exercise and manual manipulation program created to correct the patient’s specific issues.
How can posture affect my knees?
Poor posture and posture problems occur when an imbalance is present in the tension and length of the muscles, and the distorted muscles pull the bones out of alignment. This is also referred to as postural misalignment. This can cause the pelvis and the load bearing joints like the knees to be moved from their proper position. A variety of negative side effects can result from this, including ankle, back, shoulder, neck, and knee pain and it can also impact the organs.