If the pain in the knee is getting serious enough to interfere with your daily life, it’s time to assess your options. Our chiropractic services help heal sore knees at the source with little downtime. It’s all-natural pain relief.
Consider the alternatives: Surgery isn’t right for all knee joint pain. It’s a drastic measure with prolonged downtime. Anti-inflammatory drugs have well-documented side effects. And we all know the danger of opioid pain medication.
What Causes Knee Pain?
Aside from direct injury, chronic pain of knee comes from years of wear and tear. Knee cartilage wears down, causing bones to rub together. Joints stiffen and make movement painful and difficult. Symptoms range from redness and tenderness to severe discomfort when doing certain activities like bending, jumping, climbing stairs or kneeling.
Knee pain symptoms and causes include:
Torn meniscus. The c-shaped meniscus cartilage, located between the thigh bone (femur) and shin bone (tibia), deteriorates with age. This makes tears more likely, even with relatively simple movements. You may notice this cartilage moving oddly inside the kneecap.
Injury to knee ligaments. The two most common types of knee joint pain which are caused by car accident injury involve tears to the ligaments that maintain joint alignment. An MCL tear affects ligaments that limit sideways motion. An ACL tear affects ligaments that keep forward and backward movement in check.
Runner’s knee. Known as patellar chondromalacia, it’s caused by wear and tear or repetitive joint stress. Over time it weakens knee muscles, causing kneecap misalignment. You may feel grinding, tenderness, and severe pain when climbing stairs.
Bursitis. If you have pain in the knee when bending or kneeling, it may be related to swelling of the bursa. These fluid-filled sacs cushion bones can become inflamed. Bursitis symptoms are especially pronounced when you climb stairs.
Knee tendonitis. This is another source of severe pain when kneeling. It also makes jumping painful. It is caused by overusing the tendon responsible for straightening the knee. Other symptoms include a more limited range of motion.
Water on the knee. Also called knee effusion, this excess joint fluid comes from repeated tissue injuries, overweight and osteoarthritis. Left untreated, it can weaken leg muscles and increase the risk of falls.
Pain behind the knee. A tear in the back of the meniscus can cause pain in the back of the knee. Another cause is a swelling condition called Baker’s cyst, which mainly affects women over 40. This is often a side effect of water on the knee.
If you or your loved one is suffering from this kind of pain then visit Miami Gardens, Hialeah, Coral Gables, or any city in Miami-Dade County, call us at (305) 705-0777 to schedule an appointment.