The joint of the knee is an intricate design made up of three bones of the tibia (shin), patella (kneecap) and the femur. A tendon underlies the kneecap to give strength and motion to the knee and cartilage secures the femur to the shin bone. The meniscus cushions the femur and shin (tibia) bones. All these components work together to accomplish the tasks of extensive movement during everyday activities. Sports injury, fall, tear, or other incident that pushes the bone structure out of place can cause the nerves to be affected, inflammation in the connective tissues to occur resulting in severe pain.
Without appropriate care to help the knee heal properly, long-term nerve tendon and ligament damage can result. Also, if the knee is not functioning properly, other joints and areas such as the hip, lower back and ankle are also affected. If painful pops and snaps should occur, an evaluation by a doctor or chiropractor in Utah is highly recommended.
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What are the common causes of knee pain?
- Runner’s knee
- Bursitis (Housemaid’s knee)
- Meniscus tears
- MCL/LCL injuries
- Baker’s Cyst
- Painful pops and snaps
Pain that can be felt in the front of the knee is most likely to be associated with the kneecap. Pain felt on the inside of the knee is often caused by injuries to the MCL, tears to the meniscus, and arthritis. LCL injuries, meniscus tears tendonitis and arthritis most often causes pain on the outside of the knee. And fluid that collects on the back of the knee causes pain due to a condition called Baker’s Cyst.
Why see a chiropractor for knee pain?
With the help of X-rays, MRIs and an evaluation, a chiropractor in Utah can pinpoint the exact cause of the pain and manipulate the bone structure. Manipulating and realigning the bones and joints of the knee will alleviate tension and inflammation on the tendons, ligaments, muscles and connective tissues that cause knee pain. Flexibility and range of motion can be restored to allow the body to heal itself naturally and speed the recovery time.