Here at Lake Worth Chiropractic & Wellness, we offer treatment options for individuals suffering from runner’s knee and knee pain.
Causes of Runner’s Knee
Runner’s Knee is a type of sports injury that occurs when the knee is repeatedly flexed. It occurs most often in runners, but can also occur in individuals that play other sports that require constant flexing of the knee or jumping.
While runner’s knee is most often a repetitive motion injury, it can also be caused by blunt force trauma to the knee, a misalignment of the back, pelvis, hips, knees or ankles, weak leg muscles and foot problems.
Symptoms of Runner’s Knee and Treatment Options From our Sports Injury Chiropractor
To understand the symptoms of runner’s knee, it’s important to understand how the knee and knee cap work. The knee cap slides over the end of the thigh bone along a groove. It is attached to the end of the thigh muscle via a tendon and protects the interior of the knee joint.
In individuals with runner’s knee, the tendons and muscles surrounding the knee cap become painful and inflamed. Typical symptoms include pain around and under the knee cap, pain when bending the knee or placing weight on the leg and cracking or grinding inside the knee. The pain can be sporadic or constant, depending on the degree of soft tissue damage.
Our chiropractor can diagnose your runner’s knee, determine the severity and recommend a course of treatment to heal the injury. Most often, treatment involves chiropractic adjustments to correct any misalignments in the body, massage therapy to reduce muscle and deep tissue pain and physical therapy to strengthen the muscles surrounding the knee and the thigh.
Knee Pain Relief
Initial treatments to provide knee pain relief may include keeping weight off the knee and icing the knee to reduce inflammation and swelling. If keeping weight off the knee is not possible, we may recommend the use of a supportive brace to minimize movement and support the knee while it heals.
Once inflammation and swelling are significantly reduced, chiropractic adjustments may be utilized to correct the position of the knee cap and correct any misalignments in the back, pelvis and extremity joints. This helps if the knee pain is the result of stepping wrong due to misaligned joints.
Massage therapy is used in conjunction with chiropractic adjustments to make the adjustments more effective. Massage therapy also eliminates tight and sore spots in the muscles and reduces generalized muscle and ligament pain while improving blood flow and helping the body rid itself of toxins.
In instances where the injury is caused by weak thigh and leg muscles, physical therapy will be utilized to strengthen the muscles of the leg so that they can adequately support the knee.
If you are experiencing runner’s knee or knee pain, please contact our sports injury chiropractor’s office at 561-909-4932 to schedule an initial appointment.