Your knees’ back-and-forth bending motion allows you to stand up, sit down, walk, run, and jump. Wear and tear on the knees is a common cause of knee pain, which Amanda Wiechens, DC, treats at The Athletes Clinic in Charlotte, North Carolina. To schedule your knee pain evaluation and treatment consultation, call the office or request one online today.
Knee pain typically happens to one knee at a time. Your knees have a back-and-forth range of motion and share the responsibility of holding you upright and allowing you to walk and run. Many different injuries can affect them, and several long-term conditions can impact their mobility too.
Arthritis, especially osteoarthritis, is one of the most common knee pain causes. It causes degenerative wear and tear that affects the knee’s cartilage. Other common causes of knee pain are:
At The Athletes Clinic, Dr. Wiechens completes your medical history and a physical exam before recommending any imaging tests to assess the knee. Knee injuries and damage can usually show up in detail on X-rays or MRI scans.
After assessing your painful knee, Dr. Wiechens creates a treatment plan with respect to the underlying diagnosis. The treatments available for knee pain at The Athletes Clinic are non-surgical and highly effective for musculoskeletal injuries and inflammation.
As part of your treatment plan for knee pain, Dr. Wiechens may recommend:
While undergoing treatment for knee pain, be sure to follow all of Dr. Wiechens’ instructions outside of your care at the office. It may help to make some lifestyle changes, rest your knee, or take nutritional supplements to promote healing.
Preventing knee pain isn’t always simple or possible. While you can injure your knee suddenly and by surprise, there are steps you can take to minimize your chances of experiencing chronic knee pain or accumulating certain types of injuries.
One way to lower your risk for knee pain is to manage your weight. Obesity is a major risk factor for knee pain because of the pressure it places on your joints.
You should also be mindful when you exercise. Working out to increase your knees’ strength and flexibility helps prevent injuries resulting from weak muscles, but you should also know when to rest and when to change your workout routine. Overworking and underworking your knees can eventually result in knee pain.
If you have persistent knee pain and want to explore treatment options, call The Athletes Clinic or reserve an appointment online today.