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Child Physiotherapy

What is Knee Pain?

Knee pain refers to discomfort or pain in and around the knee joint. The knee is a complex joint that plays a crucial role in supporting body weight and facilitating movement. Knee pain can result from various causes, and some common reasons include:

  1. Injuries: Traumatic injuries, such as sprains/ligament injuries or tears (like ACL , PCL, LCL or MCL tears), meniscus injuries, strains or fractures can lead to knee pain.

  2. Overuse or Repetitive Strain: Excessive or repetitive use of the knee joint, especially in activities like running or jumping, can cause pain.

  3. Arthritis: Conditions like osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis can cause inflammation and pain in the knee joint.

  4. Tendonitis: Inflammation of the tendons around the knee, such as patellar tendonitis, can result in pain.

  5. Meniscus Tears: Tears in the meniscus, which are cartilaginous discs used for shock absorption that cushion the knee joint, can lead to pain and swelling.

  6. Bursitis: Inflammation of the bursae (small sacs filled with fluid that cushion and reduce friction around the knee joint) can cause pain.

  7. Poor Biomechanics: Issues with the alignment or mechanics of the knee joint, such as improper tracking of the kneecap/patella, may contribute to pain.

  8. Obesity: Excess body weight can increase stress on the knee joint, leading to pain.

  9. Infections or Other Medical Conditions: Infections or certain medical conditions may cause knee pain as a symptom.

How Can a Chiropractor Help with Knee Pain?

Chiropractors are healthcare professionals who focus on the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders, including issues related to the spine and joints. While chiropractors primarily work with the spine, some may also address extremity joints, including the knees. Here are ways in which a chiropractor may help with knee pain:

  1. Joint Manipulation: Chiropractors use manual manipulation techniques to adjust the joints, including the knee. This may involve gentle, controlled movements to improve joint motion and reduce pain.

  2. Soft Tissue Therapy: Chiropractors may use soft tissue techniques, such as massage/manual therapy, myofascial release, IASTM tools, dry needling, shockwave therapy and much more to reduce tension, decrease pain and improve tissue healing.

  3. Exercise and Rehabilitation: Chiropractors may prescribe specific exercises to strengthen the muscles around the knee, improve flexibility, and enhance overall joint stability. This can be part of a rehabilitation program to support recovery from injuries or chronic conditions.

  4. Posture and Alignment Corrections: Chiropractors often assess overall body mechanics and alignment, including the way a person stands and moves. Addressing posture and alignment issues may help alleviate stress on the knee joint.

  5. Advice on Lifestyle and Ergonomics: Chiropractors may provide guidance on lifestyle factors that can contribute to knee pain, such as footwear, ergonomics, and activities that may aggravate the condition.

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