Some patients may hesitate to seek care from a knee pain doctor. They may not know what to expect, or even if a chiropractor is able to help them. Hopefully the follow information can shed some light and make it obvious that seeking the help of a trained professional can decrease recovery time and assist with a patient’s overall health.
Taking a Holistic Approach
It’s not just purely the bones that make up the knee joint, but the muscles and joints that surrounds the structure as well. Chiropractors look at the entire kinetic chain, which means instead of just looking at just the specific area, the surrounding area is reviewed to see what could have caused the injury and any secondary effects throughout the body as well. It’s not uncommon that compensating for one injury can have a negative effect on other parts of the body as well.
And a knee injury can affect the body, not just above the injury, but also below the injury area as well. For example: during problems with walking and bearing weight due to a knee injury, a person can experience ankle pain or weakness because of all the compensations that have to be made. Sometimes a patient starts favoring the opposite side to alleviate pain, but it causes more loading on the opposite knee and ankle.
So what is the solution with a knee injury?
The answer does not just lie in the proper alignment of the bones surrounding the joint, but also also strengthen the muscles that surround it as well which can reinforcement for extra support and to decrease the chance of re-injuring the area. Without strength and stability, and the injury is likely to become aggravated again.
Finding the Right Doctor
Make sure you do your research. Ask if the chiropractor is trained and licensed to perform physical therapy or has integrated PT (physical therapy) into their practice. Finding a physician with state of the art treatment facilities, as well as a strong integrated team of physical therapists and nurses is also an important factor to look out for when looking for the right doctor.If you or a loved one is ailing from a knee injury, call a licensed professional that can help you not only heal but establish good habits to avoid future injury.