Most of our most basic daily activities from bending down to picking up the kids, climbing the stairs, walking from the car into the store, or just getting out of bed can feel so difficult when you are experiencing knee pain. Dr. John Kupper and Dr. Steven Keener, your Chiropractors in Encinitas CA, knows how knee pain has a negative effect on your ability to function optimally. All that pain inhibits you from doing the things that you love to do! On top of that, it stops you from exercising, which will eventually spawn a whole new set of problems and symptoms.
Despite what is often said about pain, you DO NOT have to stop and give up on life. You DO NOT have to reduce all your physical activity and start taking potentially addictive/harmful chemical medications. There is hope! Oftentimes, a licensed Encinitas Chiropractor can start to address the underlying issues that are likely causing knee pain (when it isn’t from an acute injury), and use a combination of techniques to help alleviate the source of your pain. There are several angles of approach when it comes to treating knee pain this way. In most acute injuries, the focus will need to be on pain relief in the beginning. Some common treatments include using ice to reduce inflammation around the joint and some soft tissue massage to help improve the knee’s range of motion. However, very shortly the focus needs to turn to figuring out why the injury occurred in the first place.
Believe it or not, underlying musculoskeletal imbalances lead to injuries, accelerated wear and tear, and eventually end up causing arthritis. A chiropractor is trained to assess areas of restricted movement and apply gentle adjustments to restore optimal function. In our office, we apply a myriad of treatments to aid the body to heal as naturally and quickly as possible. Cold laser therapy is an FDA approved medical device that helps the cells of the body regenerate at a faster rate. With no side effects, it is quickly becoming a powerful tool especially when it comes to knee pain. Laser therapy combined with chiropractic adjustments, rest, ice, modified exercise protocols, and improved nutrition are an effective science-based approach to healing.
Not sure if you should receive chiropractic for your knee pain? There are several signs that it may be time to seek treatment. One big reason is if the knee pain is severe enough to limit your ability to function normally in daily life. That consistent pain is not something you need to accept. Additionally, if the pain is unilateral. This is a VERY important concept to consider. Most patients I see with one-sided pain are being told by other practitioners that they are “just getting old”. My response to that is “what about the age of the other good side?” There is no use in being a victim of your genes, germs, or bad luck. You are in control of your health and what you do or don’t do about the outcome of your physical, chemical, and emotional well-being. If you have tried to limit your activity levels and taken pain medication and the knee pain remains bothersome, it is time to visit the chiropractor. A good doctor of any kind will address the issues in and around the knee, but will also investigate if other biomechanical/neurological issues in other areas of the body may actually be the true cause of the knee pain, or at least contributing to it.
We always offer a complimentary consultation at K2 Health Center, so we can sit down look at what is going on with the patient’s case and do a thorough examination.
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