A detailed examination of the knee, including orthopedic testing, will help to pinpoint the cause of your symptoms. In some cases, X-Ray or MRI studies would be obtained to help arrive at an accurate diagnosis. Whether your knee pain is chonic or acute, or as the result of a sprain/strain injury, many knee conditions respond very well to the conservative treatment.
Pain and swelling in the knees can be reduced with the aid of physiotherapy, acupuncture, manipulation/mobilization techniques, electrical stimulation, ultrasound, laser therapy, and ice/heat therapy. In addition, strengthening and stretching key muscles around the knee can speed healing, create better joint stability, and prevent relapse as well as having custom made orthotics to give you more stable foundation.
If it is determined that your condition is more severe and you are not a good candidate for conservative care, an appropriate referral is made.
Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome
That pain in your knee is often what doctors call patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS). Simple activities such as running, jumping, or going up and down the stairs can contribute to knee pain.
It has been suggested that PFPS can be relieved by sufficient stretching and lengthening of tight structures around the patella (kneecap).
Patients recieving mobilization in combination with exercise, custom orthotics, activity modification, and acupuncture had positive improvements in PFPS symptoms. If you're suffering from knee pain and would like to know more about nonsurgical approaches to relieving your pain, contact us to see how we can help.
Osteoarthritis is a painful condition caused by inflammation and cartilage breakdown in the joints. Over 600,000 knee-osteoarthritis patients undergo arthroscopic surgery each year because they are unable to find reief through other therapy.
Factors known to contribute to knee osteoarthritis include obesity, injury, and overuse of the knees.
Arthritis symptoms can affect anyone, particularly the elderly, women and those who are overweight and lead sedentary lives. The best way to avoid developing arthritis is to maintain a healthy diet and weight. Conservative treatments for arthritis include low-impact regular aerobic exercise, massage therapy, acupuncture, laser therapy, nutritional supplements, heat and cold therapy, and soft but supportive custom made orthotics.