Knee pain is a very general term. Location of pain may be on the inner or outer sides of the knee, behind the knee, above, below or under your knee cap. Pain may be constant, present while getting up from a seated position, discomfort may be felt while going down stairs or only when sitting for extended periods of time. All of these problems would be addressed and treated differently.
CAUSES OF KNEE PAIN
Knee pain may be the result of repetitive strain injuries (RSI), muscle imbalances, tendonitis, osteoarthritis, Iliotibial Band Syndrome, ligament or meniscus injuries, or Osgood-Schlatter Disease. Sometimes surgery is necessary to correct knee problems, but in the majority of cases biomechanical evaluation and a thorough exam can determine the cause of your knee pain. Most knee pain is the result of overuse and muscle imbalance that is the result of unhealthy muscles unable to absorb the forces that are placed on them. That force is redistributed throughout the kinetic chain of adjascent muscles and joints. Over time, this can cause sever pain and injury.
The knee plays a vital role in all gate-related tasks and dysfunction of the soft-tissue structures above and below the knee can lead to knee, foot/ankle problems as well as low back and hip pain. The most common cause of knee pain is an imbalance of strength between the hamstrings and the quadriceps muscles. The quadriceps are composed of 4 large muscles on the front of the thigh. Imbalances in any one of the four quadriceps can result in unbearable pain if left untreated.
If needed, the chiropractic adjustment will remove nerve interfearance at the spine. The use of an ARP Machine (state-of-the-art electric muscle stimulation) can help to increase pain free range of motion at an incredible rate. This is the only machine with the ability to immediately relax, and elongate muscle. Active Release Techniques (ART) plays a vital role in resolving knee pain and preventing reoccurrence. ART will break up any adhesions present in the muscle that are causing restrictions, thus resulting in a pain free range of motion. In addition to treating the muscles, the collateral ligaments, meniscus and joint capsule must also be evaluated for improper restrictions in function. Proper instruction of Active Isolated Stretches and use of Therapy Rolls can also speed recovery and prevent problems from reoccurring.
Proper shoes, arch supports or custom orthotics can help to prevent reoccurrence as well.