There are many factors that can cause knee pain and chiropractic can play an important role in managing this condition. Chiropractors are uniquely trained to evaluate the entire muscular/skeletal system and this is really important when it comes to knee pain because the alignment of your pelvis, your entire spine, as well as your hips, knees, and ankles, play a major role in knee pain.
There can be many things that cause knee pain and the main ones that we see are arthritis, degenerative joint disease, also contra-malacia patella which is is arthritis of the knee cap. We also see tears of the meniscus, particularly the medial meniscus and we can also see ligamental tears, or tendon tears, around the knee, the soft tissue that holds the knee together.
Some of these conditions clearly will need surgery but what they're finding over time is that doing surgeries, for example, for medial meniscal tears is not as necessary as they once thought it was, and that conservative rehab actually is very effective. Patients do better when they conservatively manage these symptoms. Of course there are cases where surgery is essential but orthopedists are more reluctant to do surgery than they used to be.
When we adjust the entire spine and make sure that the alignment and the weight bearing of the spine is perfect and the spine is moving perfectly, it puts a lot less mechanical stress on the knees. We also will look to the ankles and the feet and make sure that there's no foot pronation. Very often chiropractors will recommend orthotics for patients with knee problems and really help stabilize that condition.
The name of the game with knee problems, particularly when there's arthritis, is to slow down the progression of the arthritis, and getting regular chiropractic care can go a long way to putting less wear and tear on your knees so that you can continue having the life you want to have.