Different sites of lower body injuries, especially knee pain, occur when there are misalignments of the spine and ill-communication of the nerves it supplies. This can be caused by a St Charles or Wentzville auto injury or just about any other type of lower body injury. Either way, this leads to bio-mechanic instability throughout the spine, not only in the lower leg. Think of a cog in a wheel and how a missing cog will impede proper motion and fluidity. Different types of joint pain, especially in the knee, will often occur with these injuries and they are typically treatable by a good chiropractor. Most people don’t realize that some chiropractors treat the knee and other extremities. At our wellness clinic our St Charles and Wentzville knee pain doctors, not treat them but we have built name for ourselves doing it.
Osgood-slaughters. Bless you! No, that wasn’t a sneeze. That’s the type of injury that happens to the knee when the ligaments that attach from the knee cap to the lower leg become inflamed. This kind of injury is common with younger athletes and those that take a knock at that joint. We see this quite often in our active St Charles and Wentzville pediatrics patients. It’s also capable of causing severe knee pain. So, what can we do to help fix this problem?
Our St Charles and Wentzville knee pain doctors are trained to handle and correct knee pain that occurs from injuries during a sports game or in everyday life. Adjustments made to the knee and lower leg by a chiropractor, along with ART™ (Active Release Technique) and rehabilitation exercises are what we utilize in correcting Osgood-slaughters and eliminating the pain.
Knee caps, aka patellas, play an important roll in how the knee joint locks and unlocks. There is no boney attachment through the knee, so if there is inflammation or injury to the joint. It actually causes the joint to become larger because it fills with fluid, which causes intense knee pain. The fluid is made by the body to actually cushion the joint until repairs can be made. Patellar tracking disorder is an imbalance in the knee area that causes the kneecap (patella) to shift or tilt out of place as the leg bends or straightens. As you can imagine, the pain this produces in the knee can be quite uncomfortable. Symptoms of the knee pain include a dull ache under or around the kneecap, or a popping, grinding, slipping or catching sensation in the kneecap as the knee bends or extends.
Other symptoms of a patellar tracking disorder include swelling of the knee or a buckling or "giving way" of the knee, where the knee suddenly fails to support body weight. A patellar tracking disorder may be caused by a combination of things, including weak thigh muscles (quadriceps), tendons, ligaments or muscles in the leg that are too tight or too loose. Engaging in activities that repeatedly stress the knee, a traumatic injury to the knee, a history of knee injury, excessive weight, and a genetic predisposition to knee problems can all be causes of knee pain and are treatable by qualified St Charles and Wentzville chiropractors, such as the ones here at Midwest Family Wellness in St Charles and Wentzville, MO.
Knee pain can be slow to heal. But, most people who have patellar tracking disorder find relief with a few weeks of care. Rest from the aggravating activity, and icing the knee will help reduce the inflammation and therefore reduce the knee pain. In chronic or severe cases, there must be an investigatory, intense, all out man hunt to figure out why the patellar is tracking. It won't just go away and it won't just get better on its own.
Most people have twisted a knee at some point in their life. But if your knee gets swollen and painful after you twist it, you have most likely sprained it. This means you have stretched and possibly torn the ligaments in your knee. Even though knee sprains are fairly common, they are not always minor injuries. Some people with repeated or severe sprains can develop long-term knee pain and weakness. Diagnosing and treating a sprained knee correctly can help prevent ongoing problems so be sure to see one of our St Charles or Wentzville knee pain doctors as soon as you can. Most knee sprains happen when you make a rapid shifting movement with your foot planted, such as when you play soccer or get tackled in football. Often the knee twists outward while the foot stays planted or turns inward. This causes the ligaments on the outside of the knee to stretch and tear. On the flip side of the coin, the knee can also twist inward while the foot turns outward. This damages the ligaments on the inside of the knee.
Getting the correct diagnosis from all of these injuries is the key to proper healing and getting better. Only with the correct diagnosis, by our St Charles or Wentzville knee pain doctors, can the correct treatment plan be administered.