Knee pain is a highly common complaint among Americans – especially those who are active in sports or are victims of repetitive use injuries. There are many causes of knee pain, including arthritis, inflammation, and injuries to the connective tissues. Many people suffering from knee pain want alternative treatment methods besides pain medications or surgery. Chiropractic offers a conservative and non-invasive approach to treating knee pain, and many patients begin to experience relief right away.
Did you know…
that many patients with knee pain are simple cases of improper arch support? Shoes make a big difference in the amount of pressure that is transferred to your knees when walking or running. If your arches are not properly supported, they cannot absorb shock as your foot strikes the ground. By simply wearing arch-support inserts inside your shoe, you can better distribute pressure and help prevent chronic knee pain.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Should I see a chiropractor for my knee pain?
Yes. Dr. Garcia is an expert in pain relief and safe manipulation of the musculoskeletal frame. Chiropractic treatments are always the least invasive, so it makes sense to try those before pursuing more aggressive treatments. If your knee pain cannot be treated with chiropractic care, Dr. Garcia will refer you to a specialist who can assist you.
What should I expect during my appointment at Buffalo Grove Chiropractic & Wellness?
Dr. Garcia will first examine your knee for signs of swelling and may order x-rays or other imaging to aid in the diagnostic process. If your knee is inflamed, you may need to rest it and ice it until swelling subsides.
Next, Dr. Garcia may restore mobility to your knee with an adjustment similar to those you may receive for back pain or neck pain. Finally, Dr. Garcia may recommend massage and physical therapy to alleviate pain and restore function to the joint.
Is there anything I should be doing to help alleviate pain between treatments?
In addition to using adequate arch support, consider wearing a knee brace during physical activity to provide added support. It is important that you continue to exercise in order to stretch and strengthen your knee. Dr. Garcia will help you develop an exercise plan that will work for you. Between workouts, you may also need to use ice and elevation to reduce swelling and inflammation. Additionally, you will also need to consider losing weight to reduce the strain on your knees, or to start using a walking aid such as a can or crutch.