Knee pain is a common problem in all ages. The knees are major weight-bearing joints of the body. For the knees to function well, it needs stable joints and healthy connective tissues. The connective tissues of the knee include muscles, ligaments and the meniscus. Any weakness in the connective tissues leads to instabilities of the knee joint and eventual pain. Repetitive activities or injuries weaken the knee, and as such are classified as sources of instabilities. In short, knee pain results from instabilities in muscles, ligaments, meniscus, cartilage or joints of the knee. If neglected, it leads to degenerative changes.
A degenerated knee is a weak knee predisposed to further injury and damage. In initial stages, the pain is mild and intermittent. However, as degenerative changes settle in or progress with time, the severity of knee pain and its’ frequency becomes prominent. Therefore, you should not ignore even a mildly painful knee. Targeted corrective care from Chiropractic Specialty Center® is your best option for knee pain. Let’s go over the knee joint’s anatomy before discussing knee treatment options.
Knee Treatments must be holistic or comprehensive to recover without surgery or injections
Non-invasive knee treatment is the best option for recovery. However, to heal, you need extensive therapies. In other words, the care you get must be inclusive of all damaged tissues and structures. It is rare to find a single issue when it comes to knee problems. Often, there are various tissues are damaged including, the ligaments, muscles, tendons, cartilage, meniscus, and knee joint. Let’s go over some of the knee structures for a better understanding.
Your knee joint is formed by the long bones of the leg. The femur (thigh bone), tibia and fibula (shin bones) form the knee. The main weight-bearing bones of the knee are the femur and tibia. Your thighbone or femur transmits the weight of the body onto the knee joint. Movement, mobility, weight-bearing, and shock-absorbance are functions supported the meniscus.
A meniscus is firmly attached on top of the tibia. It allows for weight bearing, shock absorbance and effortless gliding motions of the femur. The cartilage (slippery shiny) surface of the femur enables effortless, smooth gliding of the femur. The fibula is the smaller bone on the side of the leg, mainly for the attachment of muscles and connective tissues. A stable knee joint is one where the bones, meniscus and connective tissues are correctly aligned and held in place.