Knee pain can be one of the most debilitating pain a person can have. It puts limitations on your daily life and affects your ability to walk and stand. People of all ages can experience knee pain.
Your knee is a very complicated weight-bearing joint that’s prone to injuries. Your knee serves numerous functions in our daily activities. It supports the weight of the body in an upright position and provides stability. It acts as a shock absorber, propels the body forward and makes walking more efficient. Symptoms of knee issues may include:
- Swelling and stiffness
- Redness and warmth to the touch
- Weakness and instability
- Inability to fully straighten the knee
- Pain, which can be acutely related to an injury, or have a sudden onset to a specific movement due to a chronic condition.
Causes of Knee Pain
There may be a countless number of causes of knee pain. But some of the most common reasons include:
Meniscus Tear – Your meniscus is a piece of tough, rubbery cartilage that absorbs shock. It can be torn with a sudden twist of the knee while bearing weight on it.
Rheumatoid Arthritis – Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune condition that causes the structure around the joint to become thick and inflamed. Chronic inflammation often leads to pain and loss of cartilage.
Osteoarthritis – Osteoarthritis generally occurs in people age 50 and older. It is caused by a progressive ‘wear and tears’ of the cartilage in the knee joint. However, it can also be caused by weight, genetics, previous injuries, infections and certain occupational hazards.
Post-traumatic arthritis – As the name suggests, post-traumatic arthritis can occur after a serious knee injury, such as bone fractures and ligament tears. The damage to the broken bone can deteriorate the joint surface and cause arthritis over time.
Knee ligament Injuries – Your knee ligaments provide stability and strength to the joints. There are four major ligaments in the knee that are prone to injury. A sharp change in direction, landing wrong from a jump or the most common trauma to the knee cause the injury. The Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is the most commonly injured ligament in knee ligament injuries.
How can Honor Wellness help
In our clinic, we use a combination of acupuncture, manual therapy and Rapid Release Technology in the treatment of knee pain.
Acupuncture – Works by stimulated inhibited muscles around the knee, regulating neurotransmitters to reduce pain and improve the delivery of highly oxygenated blood flow to the affected soft tissue. It has been proven to be an effective treatment for knee pain without the side effects of prescription medication like NSAIDs and muscle relaxers. Acupuncture can also help stimulate the synovial fluid production in the knee capsule to lubricate the knee to reduce inflammation.
Rapid Release Technology – Rapid Release Technology (RRT) uses vibrational waves to break up scar tissue and adhesion to restore proper blood flow. RRT can help relax tight muscles and opposing muscle groups to restore proper function and eliminate soft tissue tension
Manual Therapy – a combination of Cupping Therapy and soft tissue release can help by removing trapped stagnant blood circulation in the deeper layers of your soft tissue. By removing the trapped metabolic waste, it allows new oxygenated blood flow to heal to restore proper joint mobility.
Knee pain can lower your quality of life in many ways. It can decrease mobility, inhibit everyday function and cause emotional stress. At Honor Wellness, our practitioners are fully committed to your care to help you regain your quality of life back. If you or someone you know are struggling with sciatic pain, let us help you. Contact us today at 604.428.9946 and find out how we can help.