as a Chiropractor, the knee (after the spine) is one of the most common sites
of pain in the body. Our knees
take a great amount of force in the form of axial compression. This exerts great pressure through our
knees and their supporting structures i.e. the ligaments, tendons and cartilages. At certain times during our gait cycle
our whole body’s weight is transmitted through just one knee.
through playing sports or through the ageing process our knees become an area
prone to on-going pain. When knee
pain starts it limits our activities in life. When knee pain stops us from
doing what we enjoy in life, then that is the time to act.
is a conservative management alternative to aggressive procedures such as
surgery. We can help patients look
at their gait, posture and working/leisure activities. We can highlight areas of improvement
or areas of caution.
management is based on a full knee assessment producing a working diagnosis
based on presenting symptoms, previous history, orthopaedic and neurological
tests. This will produce a clearer
picture of the cause of pain and how to manage it. Management plans are based around two pillars:-
Correct pelvic alignment – a misalignment of the pelvis; produces increased
loading through one knee increasing the wear and tear. A quick set of pelvic tilt and rotational
adjustments will re-align the pelvis, spreading load equally through the knees.
Pain management – a reduction of muscular spasms can be achieved utilising
soft tissue work and specific isometric stretches. Acupuncture can be used to reduce pain levels, blocking long
existing pain pathways.
Together this integrated and tailored approach
brings great relief to knee pain sufferers. Don’t put it off.
Why live with pain? Come
and see us!
Steve Rule BSc. (Chiro)
BSc. (Hons) MMCA
Chiropractic, 11 South Street, South Molton EX36 4AA
Telephone 01769 572912