The Knee Joint: How You
 Can Keep It Healthy…

The knee joint is an incredibly complex weight bearing joint…

On this page I will talk about some very basic considerations for the care and maintenance of your knees…

Some of which you can perform yourself and also why and when professional care is a good idea…

Guarding From
Overuse…

 The knees  always have pressure on them unless we are off our feet, laying down, and our legs are straight out in front of us…

Even sitting, they are in a bent position and are being used…

Think of a lifetime of eighty plus years in constant use. That is a lot of work…

So add in the sport you play or the work you do…

Day in and day out they are working for us…

And now you start to get a fuller picture of what we ask the knee joint to do for us and why some maintenance care will go a long way to keeping you active and free from knee joint pain

If you play a sport, here are three things to be mindful of:

  • Is your time in practice and competition balanced with your strengthening and stretching regimes?

Some people over train on the playing field or court and others have a tendency to over train in a gym…

  •  Training to get an immediate, overly fast result...

This can cause injury due to the fact that all joints take a good deal of time and training to gain strength in an even and balanced way and this has special importance when it comes to keeping a knee joint healthy...

The knee joint is classed as a hinge joint; bending one way in a complete range of motion to the back of the thigh…



It does not bend side to side and there is no natural rotation, it is pretty much like the hinges of a door…

But with four ligaments, four tendons and six bursa sacs, four bones (if you count the fibula) and two cartilage menisci for shock absorbers between the tibia and femur AND being a major weight bearer of the body…

This makes for one complex hinge joint…!

Have a look at this anatomical picture of normal knee anatomy…

And what you see is about 20 or more possibilities of injury depending on what you subject your knees to…

There is a lot of discussion on the net about the construct of the knee and knee injury, but what I would like to do on this page is talk about how to keep your knees healthy during

  • sport...
  • work...
  • Or as a weekend warrior…

Chiropractic Care Will Keep
The Knee Joint In Line…

Joints get conditions like osteoarthritis and chronic pain syndromes not only due to overuse but misalignment between bones...

This adds stress to the softer cartilaginous tissues that serve as shock absorbers in between the bones, bony prominences , muscle and skin…

It also keeps excess pressure off the bursa and keeps the swelling out of synovial linings which is important for tissue conservation…

The best techniques I know of for adjustment of limbs and knee joints in particular are:

  • Activator Methods
  • A.R.T.

These two methods have specific protocols for limb adjustment and in addition, they are painless treatments good for many different types of  joint pain in general…

Getting New Shoes Is Not
Just A Lady Thing…

One thing I was taught to do in school was to check out people's shoes…

Usually with knee pain I also find a pair of shoes that should have gone by the wayside ages ago...

I had one patient who was also a runner bring all of his running shoes in to the clinic so we could look at them together...

His times had been dropping until he couldn't run road races anymore and that was when he came to see me; lucky shoes and all…!

His Iliotibial band (which is facial tissue that stabilizes the knee and runs up and down the outside of the thigh) and lateral collateral ligament  was injured due to the outside heal being worn on that side on all of his running shoes...

So, GENTS! ...If you play sport or perform a job that combines your know how with a great deal of physicality – keeping your shoes in good shape is imperative…

Once the knee, with its many and varied components, starts to break down due to misalignment, there is not a lot that can be done short of re-construction…

These are simple things you can do immediately to keep up the maintenance and preventative care on your knee joint. You can also visit the knee pain relief page if you are having present difficulty...

You might also check the knee joint pain or the acute knee injury page if your condition is more severe than just a little bit of pain...

I promise you it will save you loads of time, pain, frustration and money to make these measures a habitual part of your training or work regime...

Take care of them now and your knees will take care of you for a lifetime...

Unless there is a rheumatoid condition...but that is another story that you will be able to find on the knee arthritis page that will go live in approximately one weeks time...

Disclaimer – This is information on joint pain. I teach, but I do not diagnose, prescibe or treat people who contact me. You are responsible for your condition using your own best judgement combined with what you have learned. Just a heads up - bodies carry unusual differences from time to time, in saying that, you could be one of those rare and unusual beings; if you are in doubt, please contact a physician in your area, so you can rule it out.

Move Freely and Knowledgeably and Be Well!

Dr. Jo

P.S...    “Greater certainty of your condition alone can be a powerful form of pain relief.”