Our Chiropractor in Manhattan, NYC, Manages Knee Pain
The knee is one of the largest, most complex joints in the human body. As a lower body joint, it’s constantly being subject to external and internal forces in our everyday lives. The knee primarily connects the femur to the tibia, but also involves a smaller bone in the lower leg, the fibula, and the kneecap (patella).
Tendons at the joint connect these bones to your leg muscles, and the ligaments conjoin the bones for stability. Additionally, your knee features two C-shaped pieces of cartilage, known as menisci, for shock absorption. Finally, numerous fluid-filled sacs known as bursae keep the knee moving smoothly.
Common Causes of Knee Pain
Knee pain affects many, from athletes and regular exercisers, to young people and the elderly. Whether your knee pain is from an injury or degenerative condition, chiropractic care and physical therapy can help you find pain relief.
A knee dislocation comes from injury at the joint, typically to the connective tissue that conjoins the surrounding structures. A rapid deformation stretches the tendons, ligaments, and muscles beyond their normal range, causing your knee to slip out of position. This is incredibly painful, builds swelling at the joint, and requires rehabilitation after a period of rest and repair.
Your knees and other joints contain fluid-filled sacs known as bursae. These sacs act as a cushion to reduce friction at the joint and lubricate mobility. Bursitis occurs when the bursae are inflamed, causing pain at the joint. With bursitis, instead of a normally relaxed cushion, friction in the joint causes pain during movement.
Frozen knee is characterized by severe decreased range of motion or “locking” of the joint. Usually caused by chronic inflammation and long periods of immobilization, this condition commonly occurs after major trauma or surgery. With frozen knee, you’ll feel a gradual onset of pain followed by stiffness and difficulty moving. Massage therapy or acupuncture can be beneficial to create blood flow and facilitate healing.
Strains & Sprains
Strains occur in musculature and tendons, while sprains happen in ligaments. Both are minor tears of varying degrees in the tissue, causing pain and reduced function. Strains and sprains require time to heal, and often warrant rehabilitation to return to normal activity.
Tendinitis is characterized by inflammation of a tendon, usually from chronic overuse. Athletes and active people are prone to tendinitis, but it can occur in anyone with repetitive use. Whether you’re a runner, spend long hours standing in bad shoes, or are constantly crouching to fix cars, tendinitis is a real pain. Treatment involves limiting the painful exercises and restructuring biomechanics with physical therapy.
Vitality Health New York provides you with chiropractic care, physical therapy, acupuncture, massage therapy, and medical treatment to identify and treat your pain.
Are You Suffering from Knee Pain?
Contact us today at 212-245-5688 to schedule an appointment or book online to find pain relief.