1. Arthritis - The most common form of arthritis found within the knee joint is called osteoarthritis. Often referred to as "wear and tear" it describes multiple findings of joint degeneration like bone spurs, decreased joint space, and thinning cartilage. Contrary to popular belief, osteoarthritis is related to aging but not caused by it.
Management: Studies have found Acupuncture for knee arthritis can be particularly helpful. See the latest research here: https://www.webmd.com/osteoarthritis/news/20041019/acupuncture-helps-knee-osteoarthritis
2. Alignment of the low back, knee or ankle may cause knee pain if left untreated for too long. Maybe it was an injury or just a stubbed toe, either way it can shift the normal alignment enough to change the way the joints articulate when you move.
Management: Chiropractors are trained to evaluate all joints in the body including the knee. Whether there is a patella tracking issue or lateral rotation oft he tibia, a chiropractor can assess and correct alignment issues in the knee, ankle, and lower back which can relieve knee pain.
3. Asymmetry within the muscles can lead to very damaging overuse injuries. Most commonly, the large muscle groups tend to be over worked while the accessory muscles are weak. Muscles supporting the knee joints are crucial to prevent injury, protect alignment, and reduce stress.
Management: Knee strengthening exercises can help build up the muscles surround the knee joint. When the knee muscles are strong it takes some of the force of the joint itself.
From the desk of Dr. Lisette Miller Kondrad. Dr. Miller is a licensed Chiropractic Physician and Board Certified Acupuncture Provider who has been in clinical practice for 7 years. She has helped hundreds of patients via Chiropractic care and Acupuncture. Click here to contact Clark Road Chiropractic Center with any questions or to schedule your appointment!