Knee Pain in Livonia MI
Knee pain is one of the most common orthopedic ailments treated by chiropractors. The knee takes a huge amount of stress since it is built to only bend in one direction even though many movements we make force the knee to bend slightly in other directions. Along with having to support the weight of the body, which can lead to knee pain and injury, it is quite easy to damage the tendons, ligaments, meniscus (knee cartilage) and bones that comprise the knee, and this damage can take months to recover from.
Having chronic knee pain can seriously interfere with your life, making it difficult to do the simplest everyday things such as walking up and down stairs, grocery shopping or even just walking across the room.
Acute trauma or overuse, sometimes referred to as Repetitive Strain Injury or RSI, is generally the common causes of insult to the soft tissue (muscles, ligaments, tendons, nerves, joint capsules, fascia, etc.) of the knee. Macro trauma or micro trauma causes the body to lay down scar tissue.
The final result is a tougher, less elastic, shortened and therefore weakened tissue, which causes restriction of motion between muscle layers as well as nerves. For the athlete, this means poorer performance and less than desirable results. For the general public and athlete alike, this means pain, stiffness and weakness at the site of injury; or in the case of peripheral nerve entrapments which are commonly caused after such injuries, pain, numbness and tingling radiating into the arms or legs. The resulting pain typically will start a process of "compensatory change", which will begin affecting other tissues and structures in that kinetic chain.
Hyperpronation (putting most of your weight on the outsides of your feet as you walk) can be a cause of knee pain. You may be able to determine if you are hyperpronating by examining the heels of your shoes. If they are excessively worn on the outsides, this is likely due to hyperpronation, and you may want to look into getting special foot supports to correct this problem.
While injury to the knee itself is quite common, some people are not aware of the fact that sometimes the pain in their knee may not be due to a knee injury, but is actually referred pain from an irritated nerve in the lower back area of the spinal column. Many with pain in their knees report also having pain in their lower back and pelvis, which may be due to inflammation around the nerves connecting the knee to the spinal cord.
While pain medication or cortisone shots may provide temporary pain relief, they do not address the root cause of the problem, and long-term use of either of these medications is not recommended.
At Kramer Chiropractic treatment may involve cold laser therapy, reducing soft tissue adhesions-scar tissue release, stretches, spinal adjustments, postural correction, hip and knee joint manipulation, exercises and advice on footwear or orthotics that will address the cause of your knee pain and start you on the road to healing.
Our goal is to make your knee bullet proof!
Pain free (or as close to as possible) mobile, stabile and strong!
Everybody is different. If you have questions about this article or whether chiropractic is an appropriate choice for your specific situation, please ask. We are here to help!
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Kramer Chiropractic - Livonia Spine & Injury
34441 8 Mile Road #116
Livonia, MI 48152