It is a common occurrence, in fact, for new patients to walk into my office and stumble upon me treating the knees of a well-known UCLA or USC football player, an Olympic swimmer, a volleyball player, or an NBA guy. One thing athletes often have in common is knee injuries.
But it isn’t just knee injuries from accidents or overuse that cause knee pain. Things like arthritis, repetitive movements, extra body weight and autoimmune disorders have the potential to cause knee pain, too.
I always begin with a comprehensive examination to learn why you have knee pain, to get to the source. Sure, a pain-killer or injection may work to temporarily numb your pain. But that’s not my goal for your health. I want your knees to last, take you where you want to go, allow you to do what you want to do.
I know from 30 years of experience treating knees that the longer you procrastinate on fixing the problem, and just numb the symptoms to get by, the more damage is caused, and the more difficult healing will become. In way too many cases, I see patients come to me after their knees are at a point of no return. And their only option is a potentially risky and expensive knee replacement surgery.
Common causes of knee pain include:
- Arthritis—osteoporosis, rheumatoid, gout, pseudogout
- Injury—tendons, cartilage or other
- Weight Issues
- Illiotibial Band Syndrome—tendon inflammation as found in sports injuries or overuse
- Osgood-Schlatter Disease—repetitive stress or tension on the upper tibia
- Referred Pain—lower back facet joint and nerve compression issues, sacroiliac and hip joints, knee muscles, or mechanical dysfunction of surrounding joints
Knee Pain Treatment For Fast Results
The reason for your knee pain directly correlates to the knee pain treatment methods I will use in your therapy. Depending on your diagnosis, treatment may begin with chiropractic adjustments. These adjustments are frequently coupled with a secondary treatment or a combination of therapies. This is to optimize your outcome and help you recover faster.
For example, a sports injury or arthritis may require chiropractic adjustments in concert with physical therapy. Often, I incorporate the most researched cold low-level laser therapy by Erchonia Lasers to eliminate joint stress, help reverse inflammation and promote healing of the surrounding soft tissue.
In other words, a unique treatment plan is always prescribed to treat your unique pain issue. No two knee injuries or knee pain are exactly the same, and your knee pain treatment plan will reflect this.
Tips To Avoid Knee Pain That May Worsen Your Condition from Your Orange County Chiropractor
If you’ve been diagnosed with arthritis of the knee or have a previous sports injury, have knee pain you blame on aging, or even just have a slightly nagging little knee ache when doing certain activities, I recommend a chiropractic assessment before beginning any exercise routine. Otherwise, you may do more harm than good.
It is also important to remember that injuries, including knee injuries, can lead to osteoporosis. And according to a study released in 2017, osteoarthritis of the knees has doubled in prevalence since the mid-20th century.
I recommend a spine and bone health assessment periodically for all my Orange County patients. In many cases, injuries can be prevented with proactive care. For example, a spine out of line can be corrected now to save you agony and a more serious condition later. This is also true for your knees!
In Orange County, we enjoy optimal weather throughout the year. This means you may be out enjoying the sunshine most of the time, playing a sport, walking, biking or spending a day at the beach with your kids. These types of exercise are great, but remember to take precautions.
The Arthritis Foundation recommends the following, even if you do not yet have arthritis:
- Stretch and warm up before walking, playing a sport, or exercising
- After walking, biking or similar exercises, remember to cool down as opposed to abruptly halting your movements
- If you experience knee pain, don’t push through the ache. Cool down slowly and keep the weight off your knee
- Always wear the right shoes for activities and make sure these shoes fit correctly
- Avoid power walking or running on concrete or other hard surfaces
- Avoid sudden turns that can twist your knee
Contact Us for a Knee Evaluation or Knee Pain Treatment
I would be honored to be your Orange County chiropractor. Let’s get to know one another and evaluate your health needs. Schedule an appointment today by phone at 949-472-4114 or schedule online. We are currently offering a free health assessment to first-time patients.
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