Common Conditions Involving Knee Pain
- Ligament Sprains
- Meniscal Tears
- Patellar Tendinopathy
- Patella Femoral Syndrome
- Knee Osteoarthritis
Ligaments are the tissue that hold bones together, they play a key role in the knee. The knee is composed of four main ligaments – two that stabilize its movements front and back and two that work to stabilize side-to-side movements. When a knee sprain occurs ligaments are generally torn or overstretched.
The symptoms experienced following a sprain tend to vary depending on the specific ligament sprained. A knee sprain is painful and can lead to other problems over time, such as arthritis. Our doctors will assess the specific ligament that has been torn or injured to determine the most optimal treatment plan.
One of the most frequent knee injuries seen at our Toronto injury rehabilitation clinic is a meniscus tear. Meniscus tears are a possibility for athletes, particularly those who participate in contact sports. The meniscus can be torn by anyone at any age, however. Some individuals believe that meniscus tears will naturally heal with time. However, the truth is that there are various meniscus tears, and certain tears cannot heal without proper care.
If a meniscus tear is not treated it can restrict your daily activities and ability to engage in sports and exercise. In severe circumstances, it might progress to chronic knee issues, such as arthritis. Additionally, in some cases, continuing regular activity with a torn meniscus could result in cartilage fragments being pulled into the joint, creating more serious knee problems that could require extensive surgery in the future.
If there is a suspicion of a torn meniscus your chiropractor at Toronto Physio will perform a complete health history and examination of the knee. We may also request X-rays and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to confirm the diagnosis and further assess the knee joint.
Patellar tendinopathy is a common condition. Pain and dysfunction in the patella tendon is generally diagnosed as patella tendinopathy. The patellar tendon holds bones together and provides stability. To assist you in moving, it also works with the quadriceps (thigh) muscle and other connective tissues. Without it, you would be unable to jump or straighten your knee.
Clinically, patella tendinopathy manifests as localized anterior knee pain and pain that occurs while undertaking loading activities such as climbing stairs, jumping, squatting, sitting for an extended period of time, and standing up from sitting. There are numerous treatment alternatives, the majority of them do not involve surgery.
The main form of treatment for patellar tendinopathy is physical therapy, along with an optimal exercise program. Shockwave therapy has also demonstrated to be effective in relieving the symptoms of patellar tendinopathy at both of our Toronto and Scarborough clinic locations.
Patella Femoral Syndrome
A general phrase used to describe pain in the front of the knee and around the patella, or kneecap, is patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS). PFPS, is often referred to as “runner’s knee” or “jumper’s knee,” as it is frequently seen in athletes. However, it can affect anyone. The pain and stiffness brought on by PFPS can create challenges while doing daily tasks like bending over or kneeling.
A dull, throbbing discomfort in the front of the knee is the most typical sign of PFPS. This pain, which often develops gradually, may affect one or both knees. Pain relief, strength recovery, and increased range of motion are the goals of chiropractic care for PFPS. Most often, patellofemoral pain can be relieved with physical therapy. Custom orthotics are also recommended as they can aid in proper alignment and in stabilizing your foot and ankle, which allows for less stress on the lower leg. Orthotics can be custom-made at our injury rehabilitation clinics in Toronto and Scarborough.
Approximately 46 % of people develop Knee Osteoarthritis in their life. It is a very common condition, particularly affecting women over the age of 50. Knee Osteoarthritis is a condition in which the cartilage in the knee joint begins to thin allowing for the surface of the joint to become rough and create tension while moving. This can result in individuals feeling pain and stiffness in their knee(s).
Knee osteoarthritis can alter the form of a person’s knee joint over time, leading to a wobbly or unstable feeling. Unfortunately, there is not a specific “cure” for Osteoarthritis, however, there are many forms of treatment that can lead to pain relief and make the condition more manageable, including physiotherapy and chiropractic care.
A physiotherapist can best guide you on the optimal exercises to do to relieve your symptoms, but it is important to make them a part of your daily routine in order to achieve the most benefit. Laser therapy administered by a chiropractor or physiotherapist can also help to reduce pain and swelling and further lead to increased mobility.
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