Knee pain is the result of either trauma or chronic injury to the knee joint or surrounding structures or even degenerative changes that come with age. Traumatic injury to the knee can be from a sudden fall, a bad twist, landing too heavily on your feet, or even blunt force that creates a contusion or fracture. Dr. Douglass Toth is a chiropractor in Santa Rosa, Ca, and treats sports injuries related to the knee. Often times traumatic injury to the knee happens while engaged in a sports activity. Other traumatic injuries related to the knee can tear the meniscus, ligaments, or even tendons when severe enough. The meniscus is a thick disc of cartilage that can become damaged when too much force is applied to the knee. Ligament damage usually happens to the Posterior Cruciate Ligament, the Anterior Cruciate Ligament, the Medial Collateral Ligament, or the medial Collateral Ligament.
More chronic injuries to the knee are treated by a chiropractor in Santa Rosa, Ca. It is very important to assess whether the muscles and alignment are the cause of pain or if it’s a more degenerative problem. An x-ray of the knee can rule out arthritis to that your chiropractor can make the proper recommendations for treatment. Treating the soft tissue around the knee joint usually involves adjustments, trigger point release therapy, stretches, and exercises.