Knee Pain: Causes and Treatment
Knee pain is a leading complaint among American adults, teenagers, and even young children. The good news is that no matter how common it is, it is treatable. Our team at Thrive Wellness Center in Fayetteville would like to help you understand what causes knee pain and how it can be treated with chiropractic care.
What Causes Knee Pain?
There are many causes of knee and joint pain. Often, an injury that did not properly heal, such as a sprained ligament is the source of the pain. Other times it is due to body changes at different points in life. The following are some of the common causes of knee pain.
Young people, especially teenagers, have bodies that are in a constant state of change. The changes with the bones can often result in pain and irritation at the bottom of the knee. This pain is usually most common after being active and it typically comes and goes.
IT Band Syndrome
The IT band, or the iliotibial band, is a tissue that extends from the hip to the outer knee. Constant activity can cause inflammation and knee pain.
Osteoarthritis is one of the primary causes of knee pain for those 50 and older. It is due to the gradual wear and tear of the cartilage that acts as a cushion between the joints. It causes aching and swelling and is most common early in the day and during or directly after a physical activity.
Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome
Muscle tension and alignment trouble can cause knee pain and the inability to put weight on the knee. This is not usually related to an injury and is more common for women.
These are just a few common causes of knee and joint pain, but there are several others. Our chiropractors can diagnose your specific problem and create a treatment plan to address it.
When to See A Chiropractor
Some of the most common signs of a knee problem include the following:
- Pain when bending or straightening the knee and walking down the stairs
- Buckling or feeling like the knee is locking up
- Difficulty putting any weight on it
- Swelling and trouble moving the knee
If you notice any of these signs, you should make an appointment with one of our chiropractors. However, you do not have to wait until it is serious. If you notice any pain or differences with your knee, it is wise to get it checked before it becomes serious.
Treatments for Knee Pain
If you suffer from knee pain, there are a few things you can do at home. These usually include icing the knee, taking anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen, elevating the knee, resting, and stretching. If the pain continues or becomes too intense for these methods to work, chiropractic care may be required. Our chiropractors use a variety of treatment modalities:
- Knee adjustments
- Targeted stretching and strengthening exercises
- Ultrasound treatments
- Massage therapy to increase blood flow, restore range of motion and reduce inflammation
Contact Our Chiropractors in Fayetteville, AR
Knee pain can negatively impact your life, but you do not have to let it win. Call our team at Thrive Wellness Center today at (479) 439-8121 to schedule an appointment for knee pain relief with Dr. Ozanne or Dr. Johnson.