Living with Knee Pain
Updated: Mar 8
Living with knee pain can be hard, but physiotherapy or chiropractic care can make a difference. Not every type of knee injury requires professional help, but more often than not, physiotherapy or chiropractic care can increase the rate of recovery and strengthen your knee, preventing future injury.
At Falcon Health, our specialist are experts in knee pain and can help you through any injury. We have developed this blog to help you understand the benefits of seeking physiotherapy or chiropractic care to aid your decision on getting professional help.
How Can Physiotherapy Help?
Physiotherapy is a form of treatment that can be used to help relieve knee pain. A physiotherapist will be able to offer advice and treatment for a range of conditions, including muscle, bone and joint conditions. This can include chiropractic care, which may help to improve knee function and reduce pain.
Your physiotherapist will carry out a thorough assessment to find out what components of your knee is the primary cause of your problem. This may involve flexion and extension range measurements, muscle testing, gait analysis and neurological examination. Imaging such as X-rays or MRI scans may also be ordered to help with diagnosis.
Once the cause of your problem has been identified, your physiotherapist will develop a treatment plan tailored to you. This may include:
- Manual therapy such as massage, joint mobilization and stretching
- Exercise therapy including strength and conditioning exercises, proprioceptive exercises and balance training
- Electrotherapy such as ultrasound or TENS
- Advice on managing your pain
Your physiotherapist will work with you to develop a program of exercises that will help to improve your range of movement and reduce your pain. As your symptoms start to improve, your physiotherapist will advance your exercises, working on your strength and balance, until you are able to return to full fitness.
How can Chiropractic Care Help?
Chiropractors are not just limited to treatment of the back and neck, they can also help with knee pain. Chiropractic care can help to restore the range of motion in the knee and can help to reduce inflammation.
Chiropractic care is designed to identify the root causes of knee pain. Instead of treating the symptoms on the surface, chiropractors treat not only the symptoms but also the underlying issue. This allows chiropractic care to provide long-term relief for patients.
A chiropractor will closely examine the knee and use adjustments to ensure joint is properly aligned. This places the knee in the best position possible to heal. Additionally, chiropractors may use physical therapies such as massage, to strengthen the muscles around the knee. This increases the support around the knee and prevents injury from happening again. As chiropractic care is drug-free, chiropractors are often the first port of call when it comes to treating pain. If surgery or drugs are required chiropractors are able to refer you onto the correct specialists in order to help you get back
Exercising for Knee Pain
In both physiotherapy and chiropractic care, you will be prescribed with exercises to aid your recovery and strengthen your knee. The two main joint structures around the knee are ligaments, which are strong bands of connective tissue that support the joint, and tendons, which attach muscle to bone
Ligaments are particularly important for supporting your knees—they hold the bones in place when you bend or straighten your leg.
One of these structures is called an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), which keeps your upper shinbone from sliding too far forward on top of your thighbones. If this happens it can often cause pain.
Knee exercises typically focus on strengthening the muscles and ligaments around the knee to improve stability and reduce pain. This is effective at aiding your recovery as it enables muscles and ligaments to heal quicker. However, it is also effective in preventing future injury. Not only does chiropractic care consider alignment and joints, but the muscles around the knee are just as important. To ensure your joints and bones are protected and strong, the muscles and ligaments surrounding them must also be secure as well.
An example of such an exercise is balance exercises. These are designed to strengthen the muscles around your joints, but also make them more flexible and reactive to sudden movements. This enables them to become more adept at dealing with falls or occasions where you may twist your knee. The muscles are able to react quicker to protect your joint, thus preventing serious injury from occurring. This is one of the many exercises that could be prescribed to you during physiotherapy or chiropractic care.
Can Surgery Help?
If we believe that physiotherapy or chiropractic care will be insufficient in helping your recovery, we will likely recommend that you seek a second opinion from a healthcare professional and potentially get. It will definitely not be the first option we consider and it's only when everything else has been done that surgery is considered for knee pain.
Surgery can help by removing any pathological tissue that is causing the pain.
Sometimes they need to be removed, sometimes it means removing a section of tissue in order to let another part expand and function normally again. Surgery will also reduce inflammation in the knee joint and realign everything so that walking becomes easier.
After your surgery, physiotherapy or chiropractic care could be recommended to you. Treatments will support your recovery process and works to strengthen the muscles around your bones to prevent future injury.
Why Falcon Health?
At Falcon Health, our team are experts in knee pain and can help you overcome injury through physiotherapy and chiropractic care.
Falcon Health chiropractors and physiotherapists will work with you to understand the root cause of your knee pain so we can treat you effectively, using a wide range of modern chiropractic techniques and exercise therapy. We will then develop a recovery programme, tailored to your specific needs, ensuring that your recovery is as quick and effective as possible.
Our experts can also advise you on alternative ways to support your recovery. This may include alterations to lifestyle, exercises, relaxation techniques and more. All of these can help you during your recovery and prevent future injuries.
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