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What Causes Knee Problems?
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 way.

A Healthy Knee
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.

An Injured Knee
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.
How Does 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.

Related Treatment
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.
What Can 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 motion.
Chiropractic Checkups
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 healthier life.
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