We have been seeing a number of knee pain treatment patients in Lacey the past few months and thought it would be a good thing to have a quick blog post highlighting the issue and what to do about it. Knee pain can be caused from a variety of sources including degeneration, injury or simply wrong movements. There’s a number of ways to treat it both at home and here in the office.
Obviously, this is our primary treatment practice and not only would we look at your knee, but also the connecting issues surrounding it. For example, pain in the knees may not actually be caused by the knees themselves. The pain could be due to something out of balance elsewhere in the body. For example, there’s a direct relationship between the hips and the knees and identifying and treating a condition in the hip may actually stop the knee pain.
Cold Laser Therapy
Cold laser therapy is fantastic in helping with knee pain relief. The cold lasers stimulate the soft tissues, increasing blood flow and help decrease the healing time. The treatment has little to no contraindications and you will not feeling anything more than a tingling sensation while treatment is being applied. Cold laser in conjunction with chiropractic treatment may even improve things as well.
As mentioned above, the hips and knees have a direct relationship. Exercising the hip may help improve knee pain and function. A study was undertaken with 36 knee pain patients, 18 men and 18 women. They were split into two groups each of 9 men and 9 women in each. One group had to do prescribed knee exercises and the other group hip exercises. Both groups did the exercises for 3 months. At the end of the study, both groups had significantly better outcomes. However, it was the hip exercise group that fared the best showing that exercising the hips is an extremely effective way to treat knee pain.
All three methods applied collectively together would likely even further improve the knee pain outcomes, and all three offer minimal side effects, no invasive treatment and no medication as well.
If you have knee pain in Lacey, try some hip exercises to see if they could help you. Be careful though and if you feel continued pain, do not hesitate in coming into see us so we can examine you and help you further. We help with many knee pain treatments in Lacey.