Knee joint pain and treatment

Knee Pain

Common Causes and Treatments for Knee Pain

One of the most common causes of knee pain is Arthritis of the knee joint

There are different types of arthritis that can affect the knee joint such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gouty arthritis, infectious arthritis, etc., and the treatments may vary depending on the condition that is causing the symptoms.

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The most common type of knee arthritis is osteoarthritis.  It is also called wear-and-tear arthritis or degenerative joint disease which is characterized by progressive wearing away of the cartilage in the joint. Protective cartilage is worn away, exposing the bone and the knee becomes swollen and painful  increasing pain upon most activities.

Arthritis starts to affect the joints the older one gets.  Those patients who are overweight, more commonly experience symptoms of pain, stiffness, decreased range of motion, swelling, and eventually, joint degeneration.  Losing weight may reduce pain severity associated with  arthritis.  Knee arthritis can be passed down within a family due to genetic predisposition. Traumatic injuries to the knee, torn cartilage, and fractures to the bone around the joint can also contribute to arthritis,

Symptoms

Knee arthritis symptoms tend to gradually progress as the condition worsens, however, symptoms may suddenly worsen with minor injury or overuse. Some patients report long episodes of mild symptoms, with sudden changes that increase the severity of their symptoms. Often patients report good months and bad months, or symptoms that fluctuate with the weather. This is important to understand because comparing the symptoms of arthritis on one particular day may not accurately represent the overall progression of the condition. Since there is not a cure for arthritis, learning ways to slow the progression of arthritis is also important.¹

Treatment of Knee Arthritis

  • Chiropractic Adjustments along with cold laser therapy
  • Chiropractic has proven to be effective in reducing the pressure on the nerves to the muscles of the knee joint which helps them to give better support to the joint and reducing pain possibly reducing further degeneration by allowing proper function and  biomechanics to take place . I use Cold Laser Therapy to help heal the tissues and reduce the pain as well as giving exercises specific to the affected muscles.

Your treatment should begin with the most conservative steps and if Dr. Waling feels you need  more invasive treatment, he will help you determine which treatments are appropriate for your particular situation and will refer you to the best physicians for care.

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