The knee is an intricate joint in the leg that enables bending, flexing, and rotational movements. As the largest joint in the human body, the knee joint acts as the meeting point for four leg bones: the femur, patella, fibula, and tibia. If you live, work, or play in the greater Wilmington area and are experiencing acute or chronic knee pain, our chiropractic care professionals at Athena Chiropractic can help solve knee and leg issues that generate chronic pain, discomfort, and related symptoms.
Possible Causes of Knee Pain
Knee and leg pain, which can be acute or chronic, can be caused by a variety of factors, which may include one or more of the following:
• An Injury: Any kind of injury, including a sprain or strain, can happen due to a fall, an accident, or while playing sports. An ACL tear is among the most serious knee injuries, impacting your knee's stability.
• Overuse: Overusing the knee can create inflammation, generating pain, stiffness, and discomfort. This can happen when performing repetitive activities like running/jumping or standing in one place for a long time.
• Meniscus Tear: The knee's cartilage (a.k.a. its meniscus) can tear from overuse or a slip-and-fall/sports injury. This can cause pain, discomfort, and a limited range of motion.
• Arthritis/Bursitis/Tendonitis: Knee pain is often caused by arthritis in older people. Osteoarthritis happens from natural wear and tear, while rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune condition. Another type of arthritis – Gout, occurs when uric acid builds up in the knee joint, creating severe pain. When the protective fluid-filled sacs that protect the joint (a.k.a. the bursa) become swollen or inflamed, it may cause swelling and pain. Tendons connect muscles to bones. If the tendons in your knee become inflamed, it can result in tenderness and pain.
• Patellofemoral Syndrome (PFS): This condition generates kneecap pain. PFS pain is typically worse when moving and bending your knee.
• Osteoporosis: Osteoporosis refers to a disorder where one’s bones become quite brittle, creating weak bones that are vulnerable to injury, fracture, and breakage.
How Do Chiropractors Treat Knee Pain?
Chiropractors offer several treatments to help with knee pain, mobility, and other symptoms. The specific treatment plan for knee pain relief will depend on:
• The cause
• The primary/secondary symptoms
• Other contributing factors (i.e., excess weight, poor posture, etc.)
Contact Our Chiropractor in Wilmington, DE
Knee or leg pain intensity varies but is often well managed by chiropractic care. Are you looking for a chiropractor near you? If you would like additional information about how Dr. Brass can assist you, call our staff at Athena Chiropractic at (302) 543-4227 or online.