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Chiropractic and Knee Pain

Clinical signs and symptoms

Generalized pain
Stiffness & restricted motion
Instability
Locking
Buckling
Swelling
Grating, crackling or popping sounds
Numbness and or tingling
Weakness

Causes

Poor muscular support
Digestion issues
Residual effect of past trauma or surgery anywhere in the body
Foot or ankle dysfunction
Pelvic / lumbar spine asymmetry
Hip pathology
Sprain
Tendonitis
Arthritis
Meniscus lesion
Anterior cruciate ligament lesion
Trigger points
Sciatica
Poor diet
Nutritional deficiencies
Misaligned bones / joints “locked”

Apart from injury and direct trauma, structures of the knee have usually become weak over time on account of improper dietary habits.

This occurs because the muscles that give support to the knee are neurologically associated with the organs of digestion. While there are many potential causes of knee pain, this is one of the most common, and most frequently overlooked. Other causes are listed above.

Description

The majority of meniscectomies and other types of knee surgeries can not only be avoided, they should be avoided because they usually cause more harm than good in the long run. Though surgery is sometimes a viable option, most are unnecessary and sacrifice the patient's well being in both the long and short term. When surgery is performed, and parts of the meniscus have been removed, the nerves in the area are forever disrupted, shock absorption is lost, and pressure on the articular cartilage is significantly increased. In the long run, this usually leads to accelerated osteoarthritis and chronic pain and inflammation. Moreover, there is nearly always asymmetry at the pelvis after knee surgery and this can lead to chronic low back and neck pain among other things.

Applied Kinesiology / Chiropractic Approach

Correcting knee pain is often as simple as correcting the muscles that stabilize the knee. This may require direct attention to the muscles themselves, or indirect routes such as treating associated reflexes or meridians.

Dr. Morrison incorporates clinical nutrition which accelerates healing time and to reduces inflammation. For some this may mean Dietary programs are provided when food sensitivities are part of the problem, and supplementation is provided when indicated.

Assessment of structural alignment of the foot, knee, hip, or lumbar spine is an integral part of any Chiropractic examination, and adjustments are made accordingly. Our goal is to provide long-lasting pain relief and prevent against further injury.

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