Knee & Joint Pain
Knee pain is a pretty common occurrence. The problems range from minor to major issues with the joint. The knee joint has several different ligaments that give it the integrity it needs to function properly.
On the inside we have two semi circular discs that help to allow a gliding motion of the femur on the tibia called meniscus, and they can become damaged and torn. We have 2 cruciate ligaments that limit forward and back shearing motion of the knee. These are the ligaments that get torn frequently in skiing accidents. On the outside of the knee we have the lateral and medial collateral ligaments that protect from lateral movement, and these can be sprained and torn as well. Then there is the patella (kneecap) femoral joint. The cartilage under the knee can become damaged allowing the knee cap to dislocate or for it to be painful when there is compression on it like bending your knee. Many of the problems of the knee are due to poor muscle balance around the knee.
How Muscles Protect A Joint
Muscles are the bodies primary shock absorbers. When your muscles lack strength in either the concentric or eccentric phase, then the joint itself and the ligaments take the brunt of the force that should be absorbed by your muscles. This extra strain and repetitive force breaks down joints prematurely and can lead to all kinds of disabilities. This is particularly true of the knee. The knee depends on muscle synergy from your feet all the way up to your sacroiliac joint. Any imbalance along this chain can lead to knee pain, as well as other joint pains. Unless you have had trauma to a joint, or you have an arthritis such as rheumatoid (R.A.) or gout, then the chances are that your problems are a consequence of these muscle imbalances.
In order to get this corrected, an individualized evaluation, both functional and neurological must be done to assess why you have knee pain or joint pain.
We are experts at figuring this stuff out for you.
If it’s something we can’t fix because you need surgery, then we will tell you that and give you the right referral. If it’s something we can help you with, then after our evaluation, we will tell you what all of your treatment options are and make sure that you understand the why, how, and what would be best for you to eliminate your pain and restore functionality.