Your knees are incredibly tough, but they aren’t invincible. Sports-related injuries, general wear-and-tear, and even gaining weight can take a toll on your knees, causing pain, discomfort, and in some cases, immobility. If you’ve tried various methods of at-home treatment, but are still suffering from knee pain, you may want to consider chiropractic. At Covenant Chiropractic Clinic P.C., in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Rebekah Nunn, DC offers chiropractic adjustments, exercise therapy, and nutritional advice to help patients combat knee pain and live better lives. Make your appointment today by calling or clicking the online booking tool.
Knee pain is one of the most common joint-related health problems worldwide. Knee pain can develop as the result of a sports-related injury like a torn meniscus or ligament, or it can occur due to a degenerative ailment like osteoarthritis or gout.
In most cases, conservative measures of care such as rest, ice, compression, and elevation – also known as the RICE protocol – can provide relief. However, if your symptoms persist for more than a few days or they get progressively worse, it’s important to seek the help of a qualified medical professional like Dr. Nunn.
The symptoms of knee pain vary depending on the location and severity of the problem. Some of the most common signs that accompany knee pain include:
Many people suffering from knee pain also experience popping or crunching noises and the inability to straighten their leg fully.
To diagnose knee pain, Dr. Nunn performs a physical exam, reviews your medical history, and asks you about the symptoms you’re experiencing.
Dr. Nunn then inspects your knee for swelling, bruising or inflammation. Next, she performs a series of tests to evaluate how far you can bend or move your leg in each direction. Finally, Dr. Nunn places light pressure on your joint to evaluate the tendons, ligaments, and muscles within your knee.
Typically, these tests provide Dr. Nunn with enough information to make a diagnosis and develop a treatment plan. However, if necessary, she can also order X-rays or a blood test.
There’s plenty of clinical research that suggests conservative, holistic methods of care can safely and effectively relieve knee pain. Depending on your symptoms and health history, Dr. Nunn may recommend:
Regular chiropractic adjustments can help realign your joints and musculoskeletal structure. This process also reduces your risk for inflammation and stress, while encouraging good posture and a healthy gait. Depending on your symptoms, Dr. Nunn may recommend the drop table technique, prone technique, diversify technique or feat technique.
If you suffer from knee pain, it’s tempting to sit still or lay down, but it’s actually better for your body to participate in light physical activity. Regular exercise, like walking, encourages circulation, reduces swelling, and helps build muscle and joint strength. Dr. Nunn can develop an exercise plan that aligns with your lifestyle and personal level of physical fitness.
One of the most common causes of knee pain is being overweight. Research shows that losing as little as five pounds can reduce weight-bearing pressure on your knees and relieve inflammation throughout your entire body.
Don’t let knee pain keep you sidelined from your favorite activities. Make an appointment at Covenant Chiropractic Clinic P.C. today by calling or clicking the online booking tool.