Knee pain is widespread. One in five persons suffers from knee problems. It is the most common joint problem in the world today. In today’s increased athletic participation, knee problems are increasing at an alarming rate. The primary function of the knee joint is to provide effortless mobility and to assist with the bearing of the body’s weight. For the knee to help with movement and weight-bearing, the knee relies on healthy ligaments, muscles, tendons, bursae, joints, cartilage, and menisci.
In this article, we provide an overview of knee pain causes, as well as home remedies and knee treatment options available for the knee pain sufferer. We have provided a list of the most common knee problems below:
- Torn and degenerated meniscus
- Damaged cartilage
- Tears of the ACL or PCL
- Medial and lateral collateral ligament damage or tears
- Runner’s knee
- Housemaid knee
- Baker’s Cyst
- Bursitis of the knee
- Tendonitis of the knee
- Knee arthritis
- Knee degeneration
We have covered some of the critical knee condition in the section below.
Knee Problems and Meniscus
Each knee has two “C” shaped menisci (a plural term for meniscus). A meniscus is a soft pad made of fibrous cartilage to disperse the weight and to decrease friction. Each knee has two menisci; medial meniscus and lateral meniscus. The menisci are curved on top (concave) and flat on the bottom. The hollow top portion is concave. It enables a smooth gliding surface for the thigh-bone. The flat surface at the bottom of the menisci is firmly attached to the tibia (shinbone).
Meniscal damage and tears are common causes of knee pain. Knee problems caused by torn or damaged meniscus is the result of friction between two bony surfaces, the thigh-bone (femur) and the tibia (shinbone). Meniscus damage/tears can heal without injection or surgery with targeted therapy or treatment. However, neglecting a the meniscal damage is the leading factor in knee degeneration and cartilage tears.
Damage or Tears of Knee Cartilage is a Major source of Knee Problems and Pain
Cartilage is an essential component of all joints. Cartilage is the connective tissue that is softer than bones, but firm in structure. There are three types:
- Elastic cartilage
- Articular or Hyaline cartilage
The knee has two types of cartilage, the meniscus, and the articular (Hyaline) cartilage. In the knee, the articular cartilage covers back of the kneecap (patella) and the end of the thigh-bone at the knee (femur). The function of the articular cartilage is to provide smooth and simultaneous movements for the femur on the menisci. As mentioned earlier, the menisci offer a smooth gliding surface for the thigh-bone. Therefore, a damaged, degenerated, or torn meniscus cause damage and tears to the cartilage. Tear of articular cartilage subjects the bone to excessive friction, causing irreversible damage, and excruciating knee pain.
Knee Pain While Walking
The most common knee complaint is knee pain while walking. Walking without knee pain or stiffness requires healthy muscles, ligaments, joints, cartilage, menisci, and ample amounts of synovial fluids to lubricate the joint during a walk or run. Damaged knee joint or loose of cartilage, as well as the loss of synovial fluids (healthy joint fluids), are the primary reasons for knee pain when walking. Another common cause of pain while walking is muscle weakness and tensions. Furthermore, bursitis, tendonitis, and ligament problems are additional factors involved in knee pain during walks. Call any of our centers today to schedule a thorough assessment of your knee. An accurate diagnosis of the reason why your knee hurt when you walk is the first step towards recovery.
Common Causes and Treatments of Knee Pain
A common cause of knee pain is doing too much. Another cause is aggressive exercise programs. Improper exercise or too aggressive forms of exercise can injure the knee, leading to knee pain and malfunction. For example, high-impact aerobics, running or jumping on hard surfaces can damage the knee joint, meniscus or its’ support structures. Another common mistake people make when they run up the stairs. Running up can put four to eight times your body’s weight on your knees while talking up places two times your weight. Runner’s knee, bursitis in knees, ACL injuries, PCL injuries and Baker’s cyst are common causes of knee pain.
Prevent knee pain by keeping your muscles knees healthy and flexible.
Start out slowly, and walk before you run – before you engage in a strenuous high-impact activity such as jogging or running. Try walking for a week, before running. If walking causes knee pain, you shouldn’t be running. Warm up and stretch before working out. Give your body a chance to recover from exercise. If you do, high impact activities take every other day off. Avoid running up and down stairs and full squats. Doing knee exercises and stretching the muscles of your knees are vital for knee pain recovery and injury prevention. Proper footwear is also essential, especially if are excessively active hard surfaces. Keep your weight under control. Reducing one‘s weight reduces stress on the knee.
The Best Means of Treating the painful knee is by our Knee Protocol and Technology.
There are only a few situations where surgery may be required. Athletes are at an elevated risk for sudden injuries that may require surgery, such as torn ligaments or certain types of fractures. Knee replacement surgery is recommended only if the knee has fully degenerated. Majority of knee pains can be treated using non-surgical care. In other words,knee replacement surgery must be the last resort and only considered when all other options have failed.
Arthroscopic Knee Surgery Proven Ineffective
There are surgical procedures that have been proven ineffective for knee pain. On such operative procedure is the arthroscopic knee surgery. Research published in the New England Journal of Medicine reported this surgical procedure as effective as a “shame or fake surgery.”
Most knee conditions respond to a combination of non-invasive treatments. The best home care is applying cold and temporarily restraining from activities that aggravate the pain. Another great way to get rid of knee pain is to strengthen the muscles that support the knee help reduce stress on the knee joint and prevent re-injury. In our centers, knee treatments are carried out by targeted specific methods of chiropractic and physiotherapy treatments. Our collaborative means of care provide you with the relief you need. Visit any of our centers today to experience our class leading knee treatments!
World-Class Knee Treatment at a Chiropractic Specialty Center®
We have successfully treated hundreds of knee sufferers from all walks of life. Our chiropractors and physiotherapists will carefully evaluate your knees to diagnose your condition accurately. Depending on your situation, he may prescribe one or more of the following treatments:
- Adjustment: The knee adjustment used by our chiropractors is a technique that has been improved by us. We have perfected this procedure over the years, and today the majority of our patient feel 50-70% better on the first visit. This system of care is designed to enhance the joint position and to improve joint motion.
- Physiotherapy: Most patients will need some physiotherapy to improve the soft tissue surrounding the knee. Research has shown the effectiveness of these types of treatments in the management of pain, inflammation, and healing.
- Exercise: As you improve, specific stretches and knee exercises will be implemented to help stabilize your knee. Please consult with our chiropractors in Malaysia before commencing any exercise program.
- Supplements: In most cases, our chiropractors will recommend a nutritional supplement to speed up recovery and maintain healthy joints and muscles. If you are currently on any supplements, please inform our clinical chiropractor.
- Custom made Orthotics: Our chiropractors and clinical physiotherapists in Malaysia may recommend custom-made orthotics to assist you to have a speedy recovery from knee pain.
What is the Best Knee Pain Relief at Home?
The first thing you will need to do is to avoid any activity that increases your knee pain. Here are some helpful things you can do at home:
- Rest and give your knees a break. However, it doesn’t mean that you become bedridden. Absence of activity leads to weakness in muscles.
- Protect your knee by wearing a brace. There are two types of braces; a sleeve brace (for mild conditions), and strap braces (for injured knees).
- Ice your knee. Icing will aid in reducing the swelling and decrease pain. We advise our patients to ice the injured areas for 15 minutes after every 2 hours.
- Drink a natural anti-inflammatory tea. Chop up some ginger and turmeric. Boil in water and drink. It will help with swelling.
- Avoid stretching or exercises. Far too many start exercise and stretching programs too early. Exercise and stretching should start when you know the actual cause of your knee pain. Otherwise, you risk tearing or damaging the knee more.
If your pain doesn’t entirely go away, call our center. Chiropractic Specialty Center® provides the most holistic knee pain treatment in Malaysia.
We have the Best Non-Surgical Knee Treatment Program in Malaysia
The chiropractors and physiotherapists of Chiropractic Specialty Centers® Chiropractic Specialty Center® are exceptionally skilful and experts in the non-invasive treatment of knee disorders. Our clinical teams have helped thousands of knee patients, and we are confident we can provide the relief you need. We can help you even if your surgeon recommends surgery. Our non-surgical knee treatment is better than all others. Don’t just take our word for it. Visit any of our centers today to experience our knee treatment program and our advanced methods of clinical chiropractic in Malaysia.
The knee pain treatment you get from a Chiropractic Specialty Center® includes physiotherapy, targeted rehabilitation, supplement advice, chiropractic adjustments and much more. Our most distinguishing aspect of care that has propelled our methods to greater heights in success is our proprietary methods of knee treatments. Our chiropractic adjustment of knee pain is highly specific. In fact, Chiropractic Specialty Center® is the pioneer for all chiropractic physiotherapy treatments in Asian. We are the premier non-surgical treatment center for the spine and joint pain in Malaysia. In short, our methods succeed because our knee pain treatment is better.