The knee is a complex joint
where the upper leg bone (femur) and the lower leg bone
(tibia) meet. The kneecap protects the joint. Repeated
strain on the joint, an injury, poor posture, or a
misaligned joint in the foot, ankle, or spine can damage
the tissue in the knee. This leads to swelling,
stiffness, pain, and sometimes locking or "giving
Ligaments connect the bones
and help brace the joint by limiting forward and sideways
motion and rotation. Muscles, connected to the bones by
tendons, provide strength for movement.
Long-term wear, overuse, or
a sudden injury, such as twisting your knee, can cause
the muscles or tendons to over-stretch (strain) or the
ligaments to tear (sprain). The bones may twist, causing
a misaligned joint.
a Chiropractor Treat Knee Problems?
Your doctor of chiropractic
is trained to restore the health of your spine and
joints. Adjustments and related treatments can help
reduce pain and improve range of motion.
Your treatment depends on
the cause of your knee problem. Your chiropractor may
manipulate your knee, foot, hip, or spine to relieve
pressure and restore proper alignment. These adjustments
can help improve range of motion, reduce pain, and
relieve stiffness in your knee.
Your chiropractor may
suggest other types of treatment to reduce pain and
swelling and restore range of motion. These may include
electrical stimulation, ice or heat, ultrasound,
exercises, taping, or braces. Your chiropractor can
discuss these with you.
I Do to Keep My Knees in Shape?
Listen to your body and stop
doing things that cause pain in your knee. Do exercises
your chiropractor may suggest, such as the one below, to
strengthen the muscles in your knee and increase range of
Just as you need regular
dental exams, you also need regular chiropractic exams.
Chiropractic care is one of the best ways to manage or
prevent knee and other joint problems and maintain a