Why Your Doctor Could Send You to the Chiropractor for Knee Pain

Why Your Doctor Could Send You to the Chiropractor for Knee Pain

You might think of a chiropractor exclusively for treating back pain. However, you may want to also see one for knee pain as well.

Knee pain can come at the most unexpected times. You’re sitting at your desk or in an easy chair, and you haven’t been out rock climbing, hiking or skiing, when… WHAM!

Pain that won’t go away without medication and treatment hits hard. How can a chiropractor help?

You might think of a chiropractor exclusively for treating back pain. Trevor Wicken, an elite trainer with the  National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) in Colorado, however, recommends seeing one for knee pain as well.

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Here’s why: pain in your knee is often caused by muscle imbalances and structural misalignment associated with the hip, knee and ankle joints, he states.

Bad posture, repetitive stress and physical injury can all cause it. A quality chiropractor may be able to knock you back into good health.

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Healing

When your joints are in proper alignment, the stress is taken off your knee joint. A chiropractor can make this happen.

Once this is in place, inflammation goes down, allowing things to start to heal. By combining proper treatment with corrective exercises, you could be on your way.

Of course, if you have recurring knee pain, it could be caused by something else and you should always see a doctor for an official diagnosis.

If you carry excess weight, have a lack of muscle flexibility or strength, have a previous injury or have hurt yourself playing sports, this might be causing it.

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Or, maybe it’s something more unavoidable. Some researchers think evolution is to blame. Some believe humans will likely experience even more knee, hip and shoulder pain as time goes on.

Changes in the shapes of our bones over millions of years have led to some uncomfortable joints. But even that, experts say, can thankfully feel better with proper treatment. See a medical professional for a full diagnosis.

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