Genesis Integrative Medicine
Knee Pain Q & A
Knee pain is a common condition that can stem from any of the bony structures compromising the knee joint (femur, tibia, fibula), the kneecap (patella), or the ligaments and cartilage (meniscus) of the knee. Knee pain does not discriminate and it can affect people of all ages and lifestyles.
The severity of the pain can vary, from a minor ache to a severe and disabling pain. Common symptoms include:
- Difficulty walking or instability
- Limping due to discomfort
- Locking of the knee (unable to bend the knee)
- Redness and swelling
- Inability to extend the knee
Knee pain can be divided into three major categories:
- Acute injury: a broken bone or torn ligament
- Medical conditions: Arthritis or infections
- Chronic use/overuse conditions: Osteoarthritis, tendinitis, and bursitis
At Genesis Integrative Medicine our focus in pain management is based on alignment and function. Chiropractic techniques for knee pain focus on the health of the joint itself, ensuring proper function. This is important because your knee is a complex joint.
Our chiropractors utilize non-drug methods of easing and preventing pain. Chiropractic adjustments decrease inflammation to restore mobility in the affected tissues and joints. We often use soft tissue therapies, such as massage therapy, in addition to exercise therapies to facilitate recovery.
Other non-surgical treatments include EPAT shockwave therapy. This treatment can be used for patients who cannot be treated by anti-inflammatory or immobilization devices. This quick effective intervention is often used to treat many chronic painful orthopedic conditions.
Shockwave therapy is a treatment in which pressure waves are used to help treat musculoskeletal conditions and reduce pain. The injured areas are targeted with acoustic shock waves providing pain relief without the need for invasive surgical procedures or prescription medications that often come with many side effects.
Treatments typically last around 10-15 minutes with no down time. During your treatment session a handheld device that is specially designed to introduce the shockwaves into the area through slow pulses. These small waves of energy move faster than the speed of sound are introduced through the skin. They help to increase blood flow to the injured area of the body which encourages the body’s healing response more rapidly.
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