Common Causes of Knee Pain
The human knee joint bears a heavy responsibility — literally. This delicate assembly of ligaments, cartilage, and synovial fluid (a natural lubricant) must sustain the weight of your body whether you are running, jumping, walking, playing sorts, or just standing still. Weight-bearing joints are vulnerable to injury or chronic pain, and the knees are no exception. Fortunately, here at Raveling Chiropractic Center we can successfully treat many knee conditions and provide welcome pain management — with no need for surgery.
Acute knee pain from an obvious event, such as a torn ACL ligament sustained in a sports injury or personal injury, may have obvious enough origins, but chronic knee pain can sneak up on you over a period of years. Perhaps the most common example is arthritis. Arthritis may result from an autoimmune response (as in rheumatoid arthritis), an infection in the knee joint, an old injury (even one that was surgically repaired), or age-related wear and tear that thins out the cartilage inside the joint (osteoarthritis). In the latter case, years of incorrect spinal alignment may have thrown off your body’s ability to balance itself evenly, causing premature degeneration of one knee. A misalignment damaging the knees may also originate in the hips, ankles or feet. Carrying excess weight is another risk factor for osteoarthritis.
But arthritis isn’t the only cause of long-term chronic knee pain. Some people suffer from congenital or acquired misalignments or instabilities within the knee joint itself. for instance if you have a patella (kneecap) that is prone to dislocation, you may experience not only chronic knee pain but also swelling in the knee and a crunching or popping sound when you walk. Spinal misalignments that affect your balance will only magnify such a problem.
Non-Invasive Treatment for Knee Pain at Raveling Chiropractic Center
While some forms of knee damage might benefit from surgical intervention, our patients would prefer to avoid going under the knife if at all possible. Our skilled chiropractor, Dr. Paul Raveling, has been able to treat countless cases of knee pain using non-invasive, non-surgical techniques. We start by performing a comprehensive knee exam and discussing your symptoms and medical history with you. If the problem we find is likely caused or aggravated by a spinal misalignment, we can perform chiropractic adjustments to help restore your ability to maintain an equal balance on both knees. Weakness in the supporting muscles and connective tissues can be treated with gentle exercises and physical therapy to strengthen the knee joint and help prevent future damage to it.
Changing your lifestyle can also have a dramatic effect on knee pain. If you’re overweight, we can counsel you on safe and healthy ways to shed the extra pounds, thus taking pressure off your knees. We can also recommend a nutritional program to ensure that your knees receive the nutrients they need to heal themselves and remain healthy. Contact Raveling Chiropractic Center today at (727) 733-0433 to schedule a consultation.