Sea Girt Spine and Rehabilitation recognizes that knee pain can be extremely disruptive to otherwise active lifestyles. It’s important to learn that there are a number of healthy and effective strategies for reducing knee pain and retaining normal knee movement. Our office is prepared to help with the rehabilitation and pain management of painful knees with Chiropractic, Physical Therapy, Massage, and Acupuncture.
The knee is not only the largest joint in the body, it is also extremely vulnerable to injury. This complex structure is responsible for bearing the weight of the body and is often tasked with repetitive motions that are both traumatic and damaging. With age, the knee may no longer be able to provide the same level of shock absorption. Generally speaking, there are two main causes of knee pain. These include:
Trauma: Repetitive motion may cause knee pain. This condition may also be caused by injuries incurred in auto accidents, during sports or athletic activity, or from being obese or overweight.
Age-Related Degeneration: Osteoarthritis, spinal stenosis, and other age-related or degenerative conditions may cause knee pain and immobility.
Less commonly, patients may also experience knee pain related to bone tumors or infections. Treatment for knee pain is always directed at whichever injury or illness is the cause of pain.
Symptoms of Knee Pain: When to Visit our Office
Some minor knee injuries may cause temporary, acute knee pain that resolves on its own after a few days. It is necessary to seek help when this pain does not resolve, or if any of the following symptoms appear:
- Difficulty bending the knee or walking;
- Pain-related sleep disturbances (knee pain when at rest);
- Stiffness after long periods of inactivity;
- The area appears deformed or swollen; and/or
- Signs of infection (fever, warmth, or redness) are present;
- Chiropractic Treatment for Knee Pain
Chiropractic care for knee pain in our Sea Girt office has a number of important goals. The first is to normalize functioning of the knee joint while reducing pain and inflammation. Chiropractic adjustments and mobilization techniques may be used on painful knees to increase movement and reduce pain.
Chiropractic care in our Jersey Shore office often works in collaboration with physical therapy practices such as ice therapy (to reduce swelling and alleviate pain) and therapeutic exercises to improve the stability and movement of the joint. Deep tissue massage may be used for some patients to address trigger points (painful areas of muscle) while acupuncture is a drug-free method of pain relief.