Painful Knees: What Can I Do to Stop the Pain?
Knee pain is a common ailment that affects thousands of people in the US each year. There are several different structures in the knee, each of which can be damaged by several different causes. While some knee pain may resolve itself within a few days, it is imperative that you seek medical attention to help diagnose the cause of your knee pain and recommend a treatment plan to relieve it.
At our integrated chiropractic and wellness facilities, we offer drug-free pain management solutions that don’t rely on the use of drugs. If you are experiencing knee pain due to inflammation, arthritis, or injury, read on to learn about alternative treatment options you can get to alleviate your joint pain.
Common Causes of Knee Pain
Some of the most common causes of knee pain include:
- Sudden turning movements
- Awkward landings from fall
Natural, Drug-Free Treatment Options for Knee Pain Relief
It’s possible to alleviate knee pain without the use of pain medication. One way to help stop your knee pain is to call your local chiropractor.
A sports rehab chiropractic clinic often uses a variety of unique modalities to help manage ongoing joint pain and heal damaged tissues, including chiropractic care, massage therapy, corrective exercises, and physical therapy/physiotherapy.
At our 3 chiropractic South Bay locations, our integrated team of medical professionals offer a wide variety of treatments for healing knee injuries and managing pain including chiropractic care, massage therapy, strength training, spa facility use, pre and post cryotherapy (aka “cold therapy”), strength training, decompression therapy, and full body stretch programs.
Physical Therapy & Strengthening Exercises
Knee pain that is caused by repetitive motion injuries or sudden injuries that have weakened the muscles around the knee often benefit from targeted exercises and stretches.
These exercises and stretches are designed to help strengthen injured and weak muscles so that they can better support the knee joint. In addition, exercise may help slow the progression of osteoarthritis, a common cause of knee pain.
Our physical therapy team will create the most suitable exercises and programs tailored to our patients’ needs.
R.I.C.E for Sprains & Strains
Using the "RICE" (Rest, ice, compression, and elevation) therapy approach is good for knee pain caused by a minor injury or an arthritis flare. We start by giving your knee some rest, apply ice to reduce swelling, apply a cool pack which is known to reduce pain and swelling, and keep your knee elevated to keep the joint from stiffening up.
Cryotherapy, which means “cold therapy,” is a technique where the body is exposed to extremely cold temperatures for several minutes. One study found that whole-body cryotherapy significantly reduced pain in people with arthritis.
If you need knee pain treatment, schedule an appointment at one of our chiropractic clinics nearest you today. How has our integrated team of medical professionals helped you manage your knee pain?