All of us-no matter what our age or fitness level-are exposed to knee pain once in a while. After all, the knee is one of the most complex structures in the body, comprised of ligaments, tendons, bursae, bones, and cartilage. When things go awry in this area, we can be faced with pain and soreness, lack of flexibility, swelling, aching and stiffness, and inability to bear full weight on the knee.
While some knee injuries are acute and are the result of an injury or accident, most knee pain is chronic. Chronic knee pain can be the result of normal wear and tear, overuse, or old injuries that never properly healed. Being overweight, being out of shape, and mechanical problems such as joint misalignments can also contribute to joint pain. Chronic knee pain can be quite debilitating, and can prevent you from doing everyday tasks, as well as the things you enjoy. When it comes to avoiding knee pain, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Maintain a healthy weight, and stay strong and flexible through exercise, strengthening, and stretching.
To ensure that bones and joints are properly aligned, make sure you have regular chiropractic adjustments. If you already have knee pain, follow a course of P.R.I.C.E. This stands for protection (such as a brace or other support), rest, ice, compression, or elevation. In addition, be sure to come in and see us for a full evaluation and bodywork session. We can address the tight muscles that often result in knee pain, and can also help you develop weight management and exercise programs that will ensure your knees stay healthy-and you stay happy.