Knee Pain Relief
After two hip operations, Sue and the VCM staff were able to identify where my pain started. My pain was intolerable. I couldn’t sit and couldn’t walk upstairs. With time and patience, they were able to get me close to pain-free.
- Can’t bear weight or your knee is unstable
- Inability to fully straighten the knee
- Popping or crunching noises
- Redness and warmth to the touch
- Swelling and stiffness
Knee joint pain can seriously interfere with your life; however, therapy can help get to the root of your problem safely and comfortably, without the need for harmful drugs or surgery. Your knee is a hinge joint, confined to forward-and-backward motions. The knees allow you to stand, walk, run, and dance without falling over. Pain felt in the knees may originate in the joints themselves, but it may also be a result of an underlying condition in another part of the body. For example, your knees are part of a kinetic chain, meaning they make up a combination of weight-bearing joints that must function with other parts of the body in harmony (such as the hips), for your body and posture to function properly. This means that while you may be feeling pain in your knees, the problem could be rooted in a different part of your body. If one part of the kinetic chain is out of balance, stress and deterioration may be placed on another.
Overuse injuries, such as tendinitis and chronic muscle strain, are common in the knees because they are constantly in use. However, the knees may also be subject to acute injuries, such as sprains, strains, and dislocation. Knee pain can also be affected by referred pain from a pinched sciatic nerve, as the nerve travels through your knees. Imbalances in your stance or gait may cause abnormal stresses and premature wear-and-tear in your knees, resulting in painful symptoms or arthritis.
Perhaps one of the most common (and most painful) causes of knee pain is an ACL injury. The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is in the knee and can be injured or torn when it is harshly twisted in the wrong way. ACL tears are especially common in athletes, including those who participate in sports such as gymnastics, football, soccer, tennis, or downhill skiing.
The treatments at Vineyard Complementary Medicine can help to greatly reduce your knee pain. In many cases, it can even relieve it altogether, sparing you the need for potentially harmful medication or surgical correction. Our practitioners will examine your knee for signs of misalignment or structural damage, in addition to examining your stance, posture, gait, and range of motion. After your physical exam is complete, our practitioners will prescribe a comprehensive plan, aimed at relieving unnatural stresses and strains, and normalizing your joint function. This may include any combination of our available treatments.
It is time to take a stand against your knee pain. Contact Vineyard Complementary Medicine today at Edgartown, MA to speak with us, and get started on the path toward long-lasting pain relief. Your knees will be glad you did!
Your knees are hinge joints that allow for the forward-and-backward motions within the joint.
The knee is one of the largest joints in your body, made up of a complex system of bones, tendons, and ligaments. Because of this, the knee can be easily injured due to overexertion or repetitive motions. Additionally, knee pain can be caused due to an underlying ailment. Some of the most common causes of knee pain are sprains, strains, fractures, tears, dislocation, tendinitis, bursitis, and arthritis.
There are some actions you can take on your own to relieve your knee pain, including wearing properly fitted shoes, using hot and cold remedies, stretching, and taking breaks from physical activity when noticing painful flare-ups. However, physical therapy is the best way to find consistent, long-lasting relief for your knee pain. Through manual therapy, strength training, flexibility training, balance training, and pain-specific exercises, physical therapy can get your knees moving comfortably once again.
Frequently consulting with a physical therapist is the best way to continually manage your knee pain. Having a regular physical therapy checkup ensures that your joints are working at their peak performance. In addition, any problems will be discovered early, preventing the onset of arthritis and joint injury. If you do have arthritis or have had surgery, then a regular physical therapy check-up is especially important, in order to make sure that your knee pain remains at bay.
Our physical therapists will examine your knee for signs of misalignment or structural damage, in addition to examining your stance, posture, gait, and range of motion. If needed, additional tests (such as x-rays) may be conducted. This will help determine the cause of your knee pain so we can treat it accordingly. After your initial evaluation is complete, your physical therapist will prescribe a physical therapy plan specifically for you, aimed at relieving unnatural stresses and strains, and normalizing your joint function.