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Here at Premier Family Chiropractic, runners knee is one of our most commonly treated knee problems. Your knee is quite complex: It has not only the three main bones, but also three compartments, ligaments, cartilage, and tendons. Connected to all this are the muscles of the knee. When you are dealing with pain, knee popping, or just sluggish knee function it could be a problem related to any of these, and our chiropractic staff is here to discover the root of the problem and help.
When you are dealing with runners knee, you may notice a number of different issues. Runners knee is not the same for every person, so you can't expect to experience it exactly the same as a friend who has the same diagnosis. All of the following symptoms may indicate that you are suffering from runners knee.
• Pain in the knee, or in the area just around the knee
• Knee stiffness that prevents normal movement
• Knee clicking
• Popping of the knee
• Swelling in the knee or in the leg area around the knee
• Weak feeling, for example feeling like your knee might give out
It is not at all unusual to experience more than one of these symptoms at the same time. Sometimes runners knee will start with just one symptom that may occur sporadically. This may lead some people to dismiss the problem, thinking that it won't return. Unfortunately, the problem will usually return sooner rather than later. Runners knee is not something that can be spontaneously healed. It does require the proper treatment if you want to get well. Chiropractic treatment can be very well suited to runners knee because chiropractic helps stimulate the body's innate healing abilities.
Our chiropractic treatment for runners knee can be as unique as the patient. Our chiropractor will examine you completely when you come in for your first visit, and we will have a discussion with you regarding your exact pain complaints and knee problems.
There are several options for treating runners knee. Chiropractic adjustments are performed by our chiropractor. This involves gentle manipulation directly on the knee, and to the spinal joints. This can help restore normal function and reduce pain quickly.
Some other options may include a specialized type of massage called Myofascial Release. This is a tissue manipulation that focuses on the muscles controlling the knee, helping restore them to proper full function.
There are several types of physiotherapy that can be quite helpful in treating runners knee as well. Our chiropractor can teach you some targeted strengthening exercises, and other options like heat therapy or cold therapy can be very effective as well. We often combine physiotherapy with chiropractic adjustments to help you resolve your runners knee problems as soon as possible.
If you have questions about runners knee treatment, please feel free to call us anytime!
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