Do you have Knee Pain?
Knee pain is an extremely common complaint that we see everyday in our clinic. Whether patients are coming in following an athletic injury, or they have pain that develops over a longer period of time from running, improper shoe wear or other issues – there are a variety of different potential causes. Many types of knee pain respond well to conservative care however some cases do require surgical repair.
The severity and location of knee pain varies greatly from patient to patient, and depends entirely on the actual cause of the pain. Common symptoms that our patients experience include:
• Swelling and stiffness
• Redness and warmth to the touch
• Weakness or instability
• Popping or crunching noises
• Inability to fully straighten the knee
• Deep aching pain inside the joint
• Superficial tenderness on the outside or inner portion of the knee
If you are suffering from the above symptoms, undergoing a comprehensive evaluation to determine the actual underlying cause of your knee pain is extremely important. Treatment is guided by a proper diagnosis and with this information; you are then able to experience relief from your knee pain.
Causes of Knee Pain:
Knee pain has various possible causes, however the most common include work-related or sports-related injuries, mechanical issues with the joint and supporting soft tissue structures as well as certain types of arthritis
A knee injury can affect any of the ligaments, tendons or fluid-filled sacs, also known as “bursae” that surround your knee joint in addition to the bones and cartilage that form the joint itself. Some of the more common knee injuries include ACL injury, fractures, meniscal tears, knee bursitis, and patellar tendinitis. Depending on the type of injury, a determination of prognosis and recovery time can be estimated.
Examples of mechanical issues associated with the knee joint and supporting soft tissue structures include Iliotibial band syndrome, patellar (kneecap) dislocations, as well as hip or foot pain. Many patients don’t realize often the true cause of their knee pain is not the actual knee itself, but instead, more commonly faulty mechanics of the hip and foot/ankle complex.
Lastly, another common cause of knee pain is arthritis. Keep in mind, there are more than 100 different types of arthritis and many different factors place certain individuals at heightened risk for development of these different types of pathologies. Although various types of arthritis exist, there are only a few that most typically affect the knee, those of which include osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, pseudogout and septic arthritis to name a few.
Of course there are many other causes of knee pain, as well as risk factors such as participating in certain sports, carrying excess weight, lack of muscle flexibility and strength, and much more. Determining the actual cause of your knee pain allows for the rendering of proper treatment and will help you eliminate your knee pain once and for all.
How is Knee Pain Treated?
Once the proper diagnosis has been made via a combination of imaging (MRI, x-ray, etc.), physical examination, and functional testing, then Dr. St Jean is able to determine whether or not you are a good candidate for our care.
The good news is most cases of knee pain respond extremely well to our integrative approach to musculoskeletal care. At The Chicago chiropractor, Dr. St Jean utilizes a whole-body approach to treat your knee pain by treating not just your bones and joints, but also your muscles and soft tissues as well as your nervous system and brain. He accomplishes this by combining Brain Based Therapy, Chiropractic Manipulation, Therapeutic Exercise and Soft Tissue into a comprehensive treatment session aimed to correct the underlying cause of your knee pain and eliminate your pain quickly and effectively.
How do I make sure my Knee Pain doesn’t return after treatment?
At The Chicago chiropractor, Dr. St Jean provides you with an individualized treatment plan for your knee pain, focused on relieving pain, restoring function and preventing injury in the future. While these treatment phases will relieve your pain, it’s crucial that you finish the recommended treatment program and avoid any lifestyle factors, which aggravate your knee pain. This helps to ensure your knee pain is not only eliminated while receiving treatment at our facility, but also so that it does not return in the future.