Knee pain. It’s the second most common form of chronic pain here in America, scoring in at over 100 million sufferers nationwide. It’s almost considered just a “part of life” at this point. Too many use the term “getting old” as an excuse to ignore how debilitating the condition can be; to downplay it and just live with it on that basis alone. The fact is, bad knee pain can severely limit physical activity, even if it’s just simple things like bending, or walking up stairs. It’s not always “getting old” that’s the issue, it can actually be any of dozens of different issues around the joints and ligaments holding your knees together. Figuring out which one ails you requires a professional who can do a thorough examination of your body, and that professional can absolutely be a chiropractor.
It might seem ironic, because most often we’re associated with the spine and hips, but indeed chiropractors treat knees, too. A big reason to choose a chiropractor is the heavy emphasis on natural solutions to your pain problem. All too often we see people relying on lifelong pain medication that helps them live life more comfortably. Painkiller drugs have their place, certainly, but they are no substitute for treating the source of the issue. It’s a temporary solution, not the only solution. Writing off the issue at hand has the potential of causing more damage.
A chiropractor’s job is to identify and solve issues in the body, and the first step is to do a comprehensive analysis of the pain area and other areas that may be referring the pain. It’s entirely possible for knee pain to actually be caused by the hips or back, or otherwise issues in your stature that cause excess weight to lay on your knees when standing. We’ll also determine if obesity, osteoarthritis or other similar issues are the cause.
After identifying the cause, our licensed professionals will work with you to develop a detailed treatment plan, outlining your specific situation and what we will do to fix it. The ultimate goal of our treatment plans is to reduce inflammation, bring back your range of movement and work using therapeutic solutions that can maintain your knee’s functionality without having to go in for surgery or stay on pain medications. At the end of the day, we want you to go home happier, healthier and more capable than ever to do all the things your life demands. If you’re experiencing knee pain, don’t wait, give us at Eastern Shore Chiro a call today to find out more about what we can do for you!