What can cause my knee pain?
What is knee pain?
Knee pain is a common problem that can originate in any of the bony structures compromising the knee joint (femur, tibia, fibula), the kneecap (patella), or the ligaments and cartilage (meniscus) of the knee. Knee pain can be aggravated by exercise, affected by the surrounding muscles and their movements, and be triggered by other problems (such as a foot injury). Knee pain can affect people of all ages.
What are symptoms of knee pain?
The severity of the joint pain can vary, from a minor ache to a severe and disabling pain.
Some of the other signs and symptoms that accompany knee pain are
- difficulty walking due to instability of the knee
- limping due to discomfort
- difficulty walking up or down steps due to ligament damage
- locking of the knee (unable to bend the knee)
- redness and swelling
- inability to extend the knee
- shifting weight to the opposite knee and foot
What causes knee pain?
Knee pain can be divided into three major categories:
- Acute injury: such as a broken bone, torn ligament, or meniscal tear
- Medical conditions: arthritis, infections
- Chronic use/overuse conditions: osteoarthritis, patellar syndromes, tendinitis, and bursitis
Chiropractic management for knee pain
Large population will think that chiropractors only know how to manage back pain. In actuality, chiropractors are extensively educated in knee anatomy and management. Depending on the knee problem, the management may vary from mobilisation, adjustments, rehabilitation of the region. Additionally, the chiropractor may also treat other areas of the body that may have compensated for the knee pain.
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