The knee is a common place for pain to occur. Knee pain can occur at any age, from a number of causes. Patients of all ages and activity levels can relate to knee pain. The knee can be injured from a sports-related injury, chronic conditions like arthritis, or from problems while growing in childhood and adolescence.

Knee pain can be frustrating for patients because treatment can be difficult depending on the cause. Occasionally, pain in the knee can be from the lower back, causing radiating pain. Age and activity level will help to determine the common causes of knee problems and the appropriate treatment.

The Doctors of Chiropractic at Scott Family Health can help you determine what is causing your pain, and the best steps to alleviate your symptoms.

Treatment may vary depending on the diagnosis. Treatment may include a chiropractic adjustment, acupuncture or massage therapy, and possibly physical therapy. X-rays or other diagnostic tests may be necessary to determine the best care for your condition.

How Knee Pain Begins

Our knees see a lot of use, whether you’re running a marathon or just running some errands. That means that a variety of issues, injuries, and conditions can cause knee pain. Some of the most common causes of knee pain are from injuries like a sprained ligament, meniscus tear, tendinitis, or “runner’s knee.” If you’ve suffered from a knee injury in the past, but never had it properly treated, you might now be dealing with recurring pain. 

 

There are other sources of knee pain, of course. In some cases, it could be caused by a small sac of fluid that’s under the skin and above your knee joints called a bursa. Your kneecap may be dislocated, causing pain and inflammation. It could also be an issue with your iliotibial (or IT) band. With repeated, sustained use, this can become inflamed, causing pain along the outer edge of the knee. The cartilage in your knee could also suffer from a meniscal tear, where the cartilage in the knee rips. The torn edges get stuck in the joint, causing pain and swelling. There’s also just regular wear and tear that occurs over time and with use.