Knee pain is particularly common among two groups of people, athletes/physically active individuals and aging patients. Either way, knee pain can significantly impact your daily activities. It can make even simple activities like walking, getting out of a chair, or walking up stairs difficult. The longer you have knee pain the more likely it can affect other areas like your hips or back, as your body attempts to compensate for the pain. Athletes and those who engage in sports on a regular basis often experience knee pain due to trauma and overuse, whereas the elderly population experience knee pain due to simple “wear and tear” arthritis.
Types of knee pain.
Knee pain can be recent onset, “acute”, or long-standing, “chronic”. Acute knee pain can come from injuries that involve recent injury of the meniscus or cartilage inside the knee or ligaments in and around the knee. Chronic knee pain is often due to more gradual wear and tear that accumulates slowly over time leading to joint swelling and eventual arthritis. Thankfully both are acute and chronic knee pain is very treatable.
Once we have ruled out any underlying disease or problem, the most common causes of knee pain are usually mechanical in nature. Other than trauma from injuries or over-use, another commonly overlooked factor in knee pain, are changes in the function of the lower back, pelvis, and hip causing stress on the knee. If these areas are not well balanced it changes how we bear weight on the knee. Improper weight bearing on the knee joint over time is a common cause of knee injury and pain.
An effective treatment for knee pain.
At our office, we take a holistic approach to knee problems. We treat your entire body, not just at the site of injury. Our process begins with a consultation which allows us to determine if we are in fact the right specialist to help you. If we are not, we will be sure to refer you to the right people. If we deem that we can help you, you will quickly move on to the examination. During this examination, we will perform a range of orthopedic, neurological, and musculoskeletal tests in order to find out what is the problem. We may perform X-rays or a high-resolution ultrasound examination to help define the problem better. We may decide that an MRI is necessary and refer you to a local radiology center. Once we have all this information, we will sit down with you and discuss the findings in as much detail as you like.
From here we create a personalized treatment plan, designed to help you recover, naturally if possible. Our treatment approach may include manual therapy by an Osteopathic Medical Doctor, Chiropractic adjustments to the joints of the body particularly the lower limb, Physical Therapy with custom rehab exercises and stretches, and maybe even Acupuncture. We may also suggest prescription medication or an injection to relieve the pain faster and help you heal. Last but not least, we examine lifestyle factors and habits that may have worsened the problem and help you make modifications as necessary to prevent future problems.
We believe we have one of the most comprehensive approaches to the diagnosis and treatment of knee pain you can find anywhere. We combine the best of our multiple disciplines to get faster pain relief that lasts. If you look at some of the comments our patients make, it looks like they agree with our approach!