When it comes to treating cases of chronic pain, the common misconception is that pain in a certain area is caused by injury to that specific area. While this may be true in some scenarios, evidence based findings suggest that frequently the pain our patients have been experiencing are not related to an injury or condition that began there.
Knee pain is a very common condition among the general public. According to the CDC and the National Center for Health Statistics, chronic pain reports among adults point to knee pain as the source of as high as 19.5% of all reports.
Many Causes of Knee Pain
Patellofemoral pain (commonly referred to as knee pain) is a debilitating condition that can have a huge impact on your daily life. Knee pain may have very obvious causes such as a dislocated kneecap or patellar fracture caused by physical trauma. These type of knee trauma injuries are relatively easy to identify and vary on the ease of their treatment based on their severity. Other common causes of knee pain that can be more difficult to diagnose can include ACL injuries, knee bursitis, patellar tendinitis, and Iliotibial band syndrome. These conditions are frequently caused by issues arising in other areas such as the hips, pelvis, feet, and/or spine. The body is a remarkable machine and so when knee pain is the chief complaint of our patients, we recognize that this should not be viewed as the only area of concern. Knee pain can often be related to the domino effect of the body attempting to compensate for areas of weakness or instability in another.
Proper Treatment of Knee Pain and Secondary Knee Injuries
We recognize that the most immediate goal of treatment for our patients is pain relief. We want to provide the complete elimination of pain through a treatment plan that utilizes a customized selection of the wide variety of non-pharmacological treatments available at our fingertips.
Being able to provide this much needed relief from pain requires an in-depth analysis by our doctor. Instead of taking a “tunnel vision” approach to your condition we will look at the whole picture when determining the best route to treat your unique case. In addition to the standard techniques in an initial chiropractic consultation and evaluation, patients suffering from knee pain will often undergo additional non-invasive exams such as gait analysis, motion palpation and Functional Movement Systems assessment.
If the cause of the knee pain and dysfunction is found to be originating in the hips, pelvis, feet, and/or spine then rehabilitation of those areas will also carve the path of treatment. Through treatments such as targeted strengthening, post isometric relaxation facilitation, corrective exercise, and sometime even the prescription of custom orthotics. We will develop a treatment plan that can resolve your chronic knee pain and help strengthen any other areas of weakness you may not realize are affecting your daily life.
We gear our rehabilitation plans to be progressive and our healthcare professionals will guide you along the way as they assess their progress. We work to educate our patients on care not only in our office, but also on the things they can do and implement as part of their home based care and rehabilitation plan.
Anyone battling chronic pain knee pain that has found their past knee pain treatment to be ineffective or anyone that has found relief only to suffer the emotional and physical effects of a re-injury should see if the natural medicine approach of chiropractic care is right for their condition.