Pain in the knees is a complex issue and to truly understand why it is happening we must examine our lifestyle as well as physically examining our knees, hips, ankles and low backs.
Why not just look at the knee?
♫ Your leg bone connected to your knee bone,
Your knee bone connected to your thigh bone ♫
Just like the song suggests, all parts of our body are connected. If one part moves or changes it will affect the parts closest to it, which will in turn affect the other body parts it is connected to. For example, stand up and move your knee closer to you other knee. You haven’t just moved you knee, you’ve also moved the thigh bone (femur), the bones in your shins (tibia and fibula), the joint at the hip, the angle at your ankle and possibly even rolled your foot too! Each of those parts of the body is connected and if one isn’t working properly then they can affect all the others.
Why is the knee painful?
Knee pain may be caused by changes in its surrounding structures, most commonly the hips and pelvis.
“If the pelvis is uneven then it can affect the length of the legs.”
This may not be due to changes in the shape of the bone but rather a rotation of the joint. If left uncorrected this difference will cause uneven pressure in the hips, leg, knee etc. This is similar to walking with one shoe on, this would be ok for a few minutes or maybe hours, but for weeks, months or years it would be very uncomfortable. This can affect either knee, but usually causes pain in one knee more than the other or for the pain to feel different.
If the pain is in both knees at the same time there may be other causes, however it is always important to have it checked to find out why it has started
What do I do that might be making it worse?
Sitting and standing for too long, especially with imbalances present in the body will cause more irritation of the nerves in the knee. Squatting deeply can put too much pressure on the knee if the ankles and hips aren’t flexible enough. The misalignments in the body may be magnified when doing sport.
“The biggest mistake made is not getting it checked out to get to the source of the issue!”
How can Chiropractic help?
I look for the true cause of the problem and examine the whole body. I then explain the issue to you and, if you’re a candidate for Chiropractic, we will start adjustments, as well as providing you with lifestyle advice to fit your individual case.
Call us today to see how we can help you knee pain to keep you active and able to enjoy your life to the fullest.