KNEE PAIN Q & A
What causes knee pain?
You can easily injure your knee because it’s a complicated joint that bears a significant amount of your body’s weight. Your knees are subjected to various forces when you move. If you stop suddenly, twist your knee, or land “wrong” in a jump or step, you can:
Fracture or dislocate a bone
Tear the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL)
Tear the meniscus (knee cartilage)
Strain the patellar tendon
Repetitive or stressful motions can also wear down the cartilage in your knee, leading to painful and motion-limiting osteoarthritis. Certain medical conditions can cause knee pain, including gout — a form of arthritis — and lupus. And, of course, you can develop knee pain after a traumatic injury.
What are the risk factors for knee pain?
Your risk of any injury or pain increases with age, as all of your tissues degrade with time. You’re at increased risk for knee pain if you:
What are my treatment options for knee pain?
Medical treatments for knee pain
Medical treatments for knee pain include buffering pain by using DyAnsys® percutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (PENS).
The DyAnsys device stimulates nerves in your ear that calm your nervous system and brain so they stop sending pain signals to your nerves. The result is the end of pain without side effects or addictive opioids.
If you have trigger points — painful knots in muscles that won’t relax — your doctor can inject them with an anesthetic and a corticosteroid. Trigger-point injections inactivate the trigger point and bring you pain relief.
Leading Edge medical professionals consider both massage and rehab therapy to be essential tools for healing and rebuilding the strength of your knee. They also teach you exercises you can use at home.
Chiropractic treatments for knee pain
Chiropractic treatment for knee pain consists of spinal adjustments. Either as a contributor to or a complication of your knee pain, you may have subluxations (dislocations) in your spine that your doctor must correct. An aligned spine helps your body function optimally so that you can heal your damaged tissues.
Another highly effective chiropractic treatment is the tool-assisted Graston Technique®. Graston breaks up and smooths scar tissue to accelerate healing and eliminate pain without drugs.
If you have chronic knee pain, you can restore pain-free motion at Leading Edge Medical. Call the friendly staff for an appointment, or book one yourself online.