Do you have a click in your knee that's putting in a kink in your day?
If you find yourself constantly bothered by a clicking sensation in your knee, which in turn interrupts your daily activities, you are not alone. Many individuals experience this peculiar issue, and it can be quite frustrating and discomforting.
Fortunately, a chiropractic clinic like Motion Health Centre can offer effective solutions to alleviate this problem and help restore the smooth functioning of your knee. By addressing the underlying causes and providing targeted treatments, chiropractors can assist you in getting back on track, pain-free, and allowing you to fully enjoy your day-to-day life.
What to Know About Knee Pain and Dysfunction
Knee pain and dysfunction can greatly impact our mobility and quality of life. Whether caused by injury, overuse, arthritis, or other underlying conditions, it is essential to understand some key aspects of knee pain and dysfunction.
Healthy Knee Function
Summary of Healthy Knee Function
Common Signs, Symptoms and Causes of Knee Pain
Knee pain is a prevalent issue that affects individuals of all ages and backgrounds. It can be a result of various factors, including injuries, overuse, medical conditions, or natural wear and tear. Recognizing the signs, symptoms, and causes of knee pain is crucial in determining the appropriate course of action for relief and recovery.
Signs Your Knee is Unhealthy and Not Functioning at Its Best:
Symptoms of Knee Pain
Causes of Knee Pain
Knee pain can be caused by various factors such as injury, overuse, or underlying medical conditions like arthritis. Injuries such as torn ligaments, meniscal tears, or patellar tendonitis are common culprits. Overuse from activities such as running or repetitive movements can lead to knee pain as well. Additionally, conditions like osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis can result in chronic knee pain. Chiropractic care can play a beneficial role in the recovery from knee pain.
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Common Knee Pain Conditions
KNEE JOINT CONDITIONS
Knee joint conditions include but are not limited to osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, meniscal tears, ligament injuries (such as ACL or MCL tears), patellofemoral pain syndrome, and bursitis.
KNEE MUSCLE AND TENDON CONDITIONS
Knee muscle and tendon conditions encompass patellar tendonitis, quadriceps tendonitis, hamstring strain, iliotibial band syndrome, and patellofemoral syndrome.
Skeletal Anatomy of Knee
The knee is a complex joint that connects the thigh bone (femur) to the shin bone (tibia) and the kneecap (patella). It is supported by various ligaments, tendons, and muscles that provide stability and facilitate movement. The main bones involved in the skeletal anatomy of the knee are the femur, tibia, and patella.
The femur is the longest and strongest bone in the body. It forms the upper portion of the knee joint and has specific features at its distal end that connect with the tibia. These features include condyles, which are rounded protuberances that articulate with the tibia, and the patellar groove, which provides a pathway for the patella to move when the knee is flexed.
The tibia is the larger of the two bones in the lower leg and forms the lower portion of the knee joint. At its proximal end, it has two condyles that connect with the femur. The tibia also has a prominence called the tibial tuberosity, where the patellar tendon attaches.
The patella, commonly known as the kneecap, is a small bone that sits in front of the knee joint. It protects the knee joint and provides leverage for the quadriceps muscles. The patella is embedded within the quadriceps tendon and moves up and down in the patellar groove as the knee bends and straightens.
The knee joint also involves several ligaments that contribute to its structural integrity. The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) are situated inside the knee joint and cross over each other. They provide stability and prevent excessive forward or backward movement of the tibia and femur. The medial collateral ligament (MCL) and lateral collateral ligament (LCL) are positioned on the sides of the knee and help prevent side-to-side movement.
Muscle Anatomy of Knee
The muscle anatomy of the knee is an essential component of its movement and stability. Several muscles around the knee joint work together to allow flexion (bending), extension (straightening), and rotation of the knee.
The quadriceps muscles are a group of four muscles located on the front of the thigh. These muscles include the rectus femoris, vastus lateralis, vastus medialis, and vastus intermedius. They collectively function to extend the knee. The quadriceps tendons attach these muscles to the patella (kneecap), and then the patellar tendon connects the patella to the tibia. This tendon allows the quadriceps muscles to transmit their force to the knee joint, enabling leg extensions.
On the back of the thigh, we have the hamstring muscles, which comprise the biceps femoris, semimembranosus, and semitendinosus muscles. Unlike the quadriceps, the hamstring muscles primarily function to flex the knee. These muscles are also crucial in controlling the rotation of the leg.
The calf muscles, including the gastrocnemius and soleus muscles, also play a role in the muscle anatomy of the knee. Although primarily responsible for ankle movement, these muscles connect to the back of the knee through the Achilles tendon. When the calf muscles contract, they exert tension on the Achilles tendon, which indirectly affects the movement and stability of the knee.
In addition to the major muscle groups, other muscles such as the popliteus, gracilis, sartorius, and iliotibial (IT) band contribute to the muscle anatomy of the knee. The popliteus muscle, located at the back of the knee joint, aids in unlocking the knee from a fully extended position. The gracilis and sartorius muscles, located on the inner thigh, assist in flexing and rotating the knee. The IT band, a thick band of connective tissue on the outer aspect of the thigh, extends from the hip down to the knee and helps stabilize the knee during movement.
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Motion Health Centre's Knee Pain Recovery Program
At Motion Health Centre, we take a "holistic" approach to the assessment and management of your knee issues. Not only do we aim to free you from pain, we also help you enjoy health and motion to your fullest potential, with long term results.
Benefits of our Program
The Knee Pain Recovery Program Program includes:
- 1Provide a comprehensive exam of your spine, muscle and nervous system function. Refer for other imaging if necessary
- 2Review your pillow and sleeping positions
- 3Review your workstation and sitting position
- 4Devise a plan of action with clear goals for fast relief, correction and prevention
- 5Deliver safe and effective natural Sports Chiropractic Care
- 6Myo-neuro muscle balance correction using Trigenics®
- 7Provide effective neck and spinal corrective exercises and devices
- 8Advice for Natural anti-inflammatory and wellbeing solutions
- 9Take an evidenced informed approach
- 10Always deliver a friendly, caring and convenient service
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