According to recent reports, more than 61 million adults (20%) in the US suffer with chronic knee pain – which is second only to lower back pain! This is not a surprise – due to the rise in the growing number of Americans (over two-thirds) who are overweight or obese, along with poor lifestyle choices. Additionally, baby boomers are getting older and unfortunately packing on the pounds!
Knee pain is any pain and/or discomfort at the knee joint. Some people (adults and children) may experience the following knee joint pain symptoms:
- Tenderness or swelling around the knee.
- The knee may lock or give way.
- A grinding or popping sound when walking.
- Starting to walk with a limp.
While pain may appear to be coming from the knee, other areas may be affected and necessitate care. These areas include the low back, hip, pelvis, leg, quadriceps muscles, hamstring muscles, foot and ankle.
There are many common factors or causes of severe knee pain. They include:
- Sports Injury/Automobile Accident/Slip and Fall
- Poor Posture
- Abnormal Alignment of the Foot and Lower Leg
- Weak Core Muscles
- Poor Footwear, Training Programs or Surfaces
- Overdoing/Repetitive Exercise
- Existing Health Conditions (Osteoarthritis, Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis)
- Patellofermoral Syndrome: If your feet are pronated, the knees move into the ‘knock-kneed’ position. This can cause the patellar tendon to pull in the wrong direction – leading to an injury and/or pain, which is often experienced walking upstairs, squatting or with any bent knee activity.
- Iliotibial Band Syndrome: With excessive pronation, the iliotibial band (muscle that runs down the outside of the thigh and crosses the knee) can shorten over time – leading to an injury and/or pain on the outer edge of the knee joint.
- Osgood-Schlatter Disease: Inflammation below the knee where the patellar tendon (tendon from the kneecap) attaches to the tibia (shinbone). This condition is seen in teenagers, due to irritation of the growth plate.
- Flat Feet: An excessive rotation of the lower leg while the upper leg rotates in the opposite direction while walking. This twisting may result in an injury in the knee area.
- High Arched Feet: If the feet are high arched or excessively supinated, shock absorption is compromised. The knees must absorb the shock, which could lead to an overuse injury.
Treatment for Severe Knee Pain
If you are seeking treatment for knee injury, or looking for the cause of your knee joint pain, work with the AIMS Team of Experts. The first step is we listen… to YOU, during your free consultation. Here in our 8,000 square ft. Center, we pride ourselves on listening to all your concerns, understanding your pain and the steps you have already tried in your search for knee pain relief.
Our Clinic Director will review your case history, ask some lifestyle questions and determine your goals. Are you a runner who needs to get back in the game? Do you want to go back to doing some activities – gardening, walking, biking or household chores? Are you a parent/grandparent who wants to enjoy some activities with your children/grandchildren? Together, we create realistic goals and a customized treatment program – once diagnostic testing is evaluated.
If you are considering turning to painkillers or opting for surgery, schedule a free consultation at AIMS. Our Center is unique! We have assembled a Team of Experts – Medical Doctors, Physical Therapists, Chiropractors, Podiatrist, Acupuncturist and Nutritionist to brainstorm with, as one unit. We, as a Team will focus on every aspect of your recovery – physical factors (structure and muscle), chemical components (toxins, dehydration, nutrition – fuel for the body and weight issues) and emotional factors (stress and anxiety).
A customized treatment program often integrates several of the following treatment options:
- Physical Therapy: To increase strength, muscle endurance and return patients to their pre-injury level of activity, our Physical Therapists utilize various techniques and exercises. These include quadriceps, hamstring, calf strengthening and low-impact cardiovascular exercises. Many patients with severe knee pain have weak muscles around their hip. Therefore, strengthening the hip stabilizing muscles will be part of the recovery program. Additional therapies may include heat/ice therapy, stretching the muscles around the joint, taping and a focus on balance – to prevent a new injury.
- Chiropractic: Our Chiropractic Team utilizes various tests and evaluations to reveal structural imbalances and misalignment. Once identified, correction is accomplished via physical manipulation, massage and TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation).
- Acupuncture: Many patients add Acupuncture to their treatment program. It generally produces that extra boost to speed recovery. It reduces pain, increases endorphins in the central nervous system, improves function, and restores vital energy (Qi) and blood flow in the body… not to mention reducing stress. Basically, Acupuncture returns the body to a delicate balance – allowing it to thrive and function optimally.
- Podiatry: A thorough and comprehensive biomechanical and gait examination is conducted. If necessitated, a custom foot orthotic may be recommended to help correct any abnormal alignment of the foot or leg. Orthotics help to improve posture, enhance chiropractic adjustments, physical therapy and acupuncture.
- Nutrition: No two patients are the same. We each have our own chemistry, therefore – testing to detect nutritional imbalances is vital. Blood, stool and urine tests are available, along with a Body Composition Analysis. Knowing allows correction and prevention of a recurrence. If a person is overweight, has a high BMI or is dehydrated, our Medical Doctor and Nutritionist will work with you to create a healthy eating regimen. Key to success is being able to understand the nutritional “likes” and “dislikes” of each patient, providing motivation and celebrating – as each goal is reached.
- Lifestyle Recommendations: Out Team will help you to help yourself, especially after you are discharged. We want to help you make the best choices to continue to enjoy a pain-free life. Modifications to home and work environments will be provided, maintain proper posture while standing, sitting or sleeping, wear comfortable and supportive shoes, eat healthy, and remember to schedule regular maintenance appointments. Just as your car may need a tune-up… so will you.
Your knee is the largest joint in the body. We use our knees to do just about everything – bend, stand, kneel, sit, walk and run. They have to be able to twist, rotate, straighten, bend and carry the weight of the body. If you have sustained a knee joint pain or are suffering with severe knee pain – do not wait! Help is just a phone call away! Call New Jersey’s own Alternative Integrated Medical Services today at 732-254-5553 and receive a FREE Initial Consultation.