According to WebMD,
Knee pain is the most common musculoskeletal complaint that brings people to their doctor.
The knee, in addition to bending and straightening hundreds of times each day, carries all of the weight of our body along with our hips and ankles. The knee is also distinctly different from other joints of the body because it also twists and rotates, making it even more susceptible to injury and discomfort. Additionally, the knee is made up of bones, joints, ligaments, and cartilage, so there are a lot of different areas that can be injured and irritated.
Symptoms of knee pain can include:
- loss of motion, and/or
- popping noises
None of the symptoms are indicative of ideal performance so if you are experiencing any of those issues, you should make an appointment with your doctor.
These are three of the most common causes of knee pain and ways to get the relief that doesn’t include surgery, expensive imaging, and potentially addictive prescriptions.
Since the knees carry a lot of our body weight, poor posture can cause unnecessary and maybe uneven stress on our knees, leading to pain and discomfort that is seemingly chronic. Perhaps after long days of working and/or standing, you notice that your knees are aching or sore the next morning? That is likely due to your posture. Problems in our hips and ankles can also cause us to experience knee pain, too. Therefore, a trip to your healthcare provider for an assessment should be your first line of defense against knee pain.
If your pain is caused by poor posture, custom orthotic insoles will help redistribute your body weight for better posture. Custom orthotics can be provided by your healthcare provider following a quick in-office foot scan and are sometimes covered by insurance providers.
It is trendy to be constantly busy and on-the-go these days, but our bodies require rest and relaxation to recharge. It is possible that you could be experiencing knee pain due to less than ideal lifestyle habits, such as fatigue. However, knee pain could also be caused by overuse and too much exercise like excessive running, walking, and even weight lifting. Also, if you are overweight, this could be contributing to joint pain, too.
Seeking the expertise of a biomechanics professional (like a Chiropractor or Physical Therapist) will help you better understand the root of your knee pain. By assessing your body with a holistic approach, an experienced professional will know whether or not your discomfort is based on your lifestyle. Similarly, if you are getting regular treatment and still not finding relief, discussing other culprits with your doctor such as diet and exercise might help you solve the problem.
At some point in your life, maybe even recently, you’ve fallen down or were involved in an accident. Physical trauma is a major contributor to knee pain, and sometimes it can occur years after the trauma. Falling on our knees can cause stiffness, while over-rotating can cause tears. Not all knee pain is easily solved without the need for surgery, but more often than not, an adjustment can help realign all parts of the knee following trauma. Stretching can also help overcome knee pain after trauma because it can elongate and strengthen weak areas.
Seeking help from a biomechanics expert (again like a Chiropractor or Physical Therapist) when you’re experiencing knee pain can save you a lot of time and money, free you from ongoing pain and discomfort, and possibly allow you to avoid irreversible surgery. These professionals offer a variety of services including muscle stimulation, massage, acupuncture, and physical therapy exercises. They can also suggest products, like custom orthotics, that help relieve stresses in the body caused by misalignments and imbalances – alleviating pain and discomfort. Not to mention most Chiropractors and Physical Therapists have imaging machines in their office and can assess you on-site without the need to schedule a follow-up and visit an unfamiliar location.
At the first feeling of knee pain, consider calling your Chiropractor or Physical Therapist. They can help you figure out if you should ice or heat your knee, whether or not to stay off of it, and other minor adjustments like the type of shoes you wear, that could provide immediate, if not immense, relief before getting other treatment. More importantly, they will be able to provide you with ongoing treatment to help ensure you can climb the stairs, run, bend down, and get in and out of bed without any pain.