As a joint that stretches and bends between two further joints that are especially flexible, the knee itself is a special joint. The two flexible joints are the hip and the ankle joints. There is a lot of responsibility on the knee in terms of stability. As soon as this joint is not completely intact, we recognize that by our pain or hobbling.
The knee – a fascinating simple construction?
Most of the knee’s structures are serving to reach maximum stability. The complex structure of ligaments that connects the thigh and lower leg with the knee, consists itself of robust ligaments – one on the outside and two on the inside. The all known meniscus serves the thigh as an enlarged bearing area on the lower leg, so that the pressure is evenly spread and a slipping of bones is prevented. Aside from these passive elements, the knee consists of a multitude of muscles that are pulling the knee directly or via ligaments. Depending on how we contract them, the knee is stabilized or put in motion.
Knee pain often is rooted in the hip or the foot.
Knee pain has to be looked at individually! Basically, the pain can have its origin in the knee itself, when it was twisted or after a fall, accident or strike against it. But much more often the case is that long before that knee pain, you recognized some issues with your feet or hips. To a certain degree, the knee is able to compensate for that. Finally, however, the time comes when the muscles, ligaments or tendons are stressed too much, so pain occurs.
Why is pain relocated from the hip and foot to the knee?
This is a reasonable question. As you have a look at the sketch, you recognize that the hip and foot are movable in nearly every considerable direction. This gives them a lot of leeway to compensate for minor constraints of the joint. The knee on the other hand is only capable of moving back and forth. The advantage of this unequal distribution is a firm and stable stance and walk. The disadvantage is that dysfunctions in the mechanics above or below the knee can easily disturb it and result in pain.
A holistic diagnosis is implicitly necessary.
This is because the knee is a joint that is prone to tensions from other parts of the body. When muscles are tense, tendons are inflamed or ligaments are overstrained. Our chiropractors always investigate the “why“ and search for the deeper causes.
Can knee pain be treated by chiropractic or is a surgery inevitable?
The knee is the most often operated upon joint. On the one hand, studies are showing that surgery is suggested by doctors too rashly. On the other hand, it is shown that a conservative treatment results in equal or even superior effects. The reason for this is to be found in the chain of ankle joint-knee-hip. When the knee is inflamed, overstrained or suffering from recurring injuries, we need to investigate deeply which other structures are not fulfilling their functions properly. The remedy of those causes and the resulting pain needs to be the main objective of treatment. These causes are mainly to be found outside of the knee. In many cases, they can be treated very well manually.
How will chiropractors treat my knee pain?
First of all, we diagnose your issues deeply and holistically. We understand the sensitivity of the knee regarding mechanical disturbances and explore the probable root causes very attentively.
Depending on the results of the examination and the cooperative gathering of information, treatment consists of pain-relieving procedures and other impulses that aim for the root of your issues.This way, you can count on a well adjusted and optimally functioning body in the long term.