As we get older, knee pain is a regrettably common occurrence that, while not life threatening, can sharply decrease a person’s quality of life. In the world of western medicine, surgery and powerful pain medications are very common answer for knee pain but they unfortunately have their distinct drawbacks.
At best, pain medications treat the symptoms without treating the affliction and, at worst, can be toxic to your body. Surgery on the other hand is painful, time consuming, and extremely expensive.
While sometimes both options are necessary, there are also alternatives out there that are better for your mind and body. Today we will be taking a look at how you can treat your knee pain naturally with the help of a chiropractor.
Why Do You Have Knee Pain?
Before we dive into how a chiropractor can help to treat your chronic knee pain, let’s talk a little bit about why you might be experiencing it in the first place.
There are a wide range of ailments that might be causing the symptom of chronic knee pain. Tendinitis and osteoarthritis are both afflictions that can commonly result in knee pain. Both represent the inflammation of tendons and joints that get worse when you do physical activity such as running or jogging, and even milder physical activity, such as climbing the stairs.
Then there are other ailments more directly associated with regular wear and tear. Dislocation can occur in the event of trauma, like a car accident or significant fall, and so too can a number of different torn ligament issues.
Who Most Commonly Experiences Knee Pain?
Unfortunately, knee pain is a condition that afflicts a large portion of the population. People who are overweight are more subject to knee pain because every pound that you are overweight results in four pounds of added pressure to your joints and ligaments; however, there are many other things that it can result from.
For example, the older you get, the more likely you are to suffer from knee pain in some capacity. Runners and joggers also often suffer from knee pain. Of course, accidents of any kind can also be a predominate cause.
Unfortunately, chronic knee pain is one of the more ubiquitous afflictions that people of all ages suffer which is why proper care is so important. A chiropractor can help with many of the causes of knee pain. Let’s now take a look at the services a chiropractor can provide to help relieve you of your knee pain.
Why Choose a Chiropractor?
In the world of western medicine, you have many options when it comes to your health care. That said, most options, in reality, offer a lot of the same things. All too often medicine in this country depends far too much on prescription narcotics and surgery.
Of course, there is a lot to be said about both treatment options, and there is no denying that they have helped many people recover from a variety of afflictions. However, that system of medicine is regrettably impersonal and oftentimes too invasive.
What many find attractive about seeking treatment from a chiropractor is the comprehensive nature of the care. One of the principle mission statements of chiropractors is the goal to treat the person, the affliction, and the symptoms. Chiropractic care offers complete care that addresses a person’s entire needs.
If all of that sounds attractive to you, let’s now take a look at what you can expect from your first visit to the chiropractor.
What To Expect During Your First Appointment
During your first appointment, your chiropractor is going to develop a treatment plan. They will most likely begin by inspecting the knee or knees that are causing you pain. It will start with an up close examination of the knee, after which point the chiropractor may order X-rays to be performed.
If they notice anything that goes beyond their expertise, they may refer you to another practitioner. Otherwise, they will make a treatment plan.
The Treatment Plan
How your chiropractor proceeds to treat you will depend on a number of factors including the source of your pain, which they will have likely identified during the course of their examination. It’s hard to say for sure what you can expect, as every chiropractic regiment is designed specifically for the patient it is being used to treat, but in general you can expect a series of stretches and manipulations to work out the problem area.
Keep in mind that chiropractors focus primarily on the spine, and are well aware of the fact that many aches and pains can be the result of spinal alignment issues. In addition to performing a series of stretches they may also perform what is called an adjustment. The adjustment can be done on areas of your spine that that might be causing the knee pain, as well as the afflicted area itself.
Your chiropractor may also recommend a rehabilitation program that includes supplements, stretches, diet and exercise.
If you are suffering from chronic knee pain in Austin, the most natural treatment method that you can choose is to make an appointment with Dr. Moore and the staff at Moore Chiropractic Health Care Center of Austin today. Dr. Moore has more than twenty years of experience as a family and sports medicine chiropractor and will put your needs as human first in a way that the conventional medicine system simply cannot. If you want to work with an expert that crafts a recovery regiment around your exact needs, call the Moore Chiropractic Health Care Center at (512) 459-5523 today.
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