Osteoarthritic knee pain occurs from “normal wear and tear” causing arthritis. The cartilage which provides natural cushioning starts to wear down. The bones begin to rub without the cartilage resulting in pain, stiffness, swelling,
decreased motion and even sometimes bone spurs. Many doctors say this is a normal part of aging. More middle-aged people are seeking knee replacement surgery for ostoearthritic knee pain. These surgeries are both invasive and cost a lot of money. If people would seek early conservative treatment, surgery could be avoided.
Is osteoarthritis really normal wear and tear with aging? Imagine if you never brushed your teeth or gone to the dentist… would tooth decay be a normal part of aging? What if you never brought your car for maintenance… wouldn’t the car break down more as it got older and you drove it more? Doesn’t it make sense that as you put more stress into your body, your joints would wear and tear more without taking care of them?
A study: The Effect of a Manual Therapy Knee Protocol on Osteoarthritic Knee Pain: A Randomised Control Trial shows that chiropractic adjustments can help relieve osteoarthritis of the knee. The treatment group receiving chiropractic care showed a significant decrease in pain levels. The patients also noted a decrease in crepitus (grinding and clicking), improvement in the motions of the knee and improved the ability to perform regular daily activities. No adverse side effects were reported by the chiropractic patients. Those in the control group did not experience the benefits seen in the patients that received chiropractic care.
It’s important to not wait for the joints of your knees, spine, shoulders and other areas to misalign with daily stress, poor postures and injuries. The longer joints are out of alignment the pressure causes an increase in osteoarthritis and other degenerative conditions of the joints and discs between the vertebra. Chiropractic helps conditions like osteoarthritic knee pain by aligning the joints, reducing inflammation, improving gait, motion and flexibility. If you experience knee pain, let us help you avoid unnecessary surgery and harmful medications that are commonly prescribed by medical doctors.
Our Freehold chiropractor has helped patients with osteoarthritic knee pain for over 17 years. Watch one of our patients tell how he was helped with his knee pain as well as back and shoulder pain in this video: