Knee Pain That Develops
Slowly Over Time…

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Pain in your knee can result from the patella getting run off of its track...

Whether it is a sudden occurance, or a slow build up over time, when knee pain sets in, it is time to take care...

On this page we will be talking about the type of pain that develops over time; sometimes due to innocuous little reasons...

So while your resting, sitting back with your knee on ice (for ten minutes every two hours) with a name brand sports tape on for compression and elevated above the level of your heart...

And you have determined that there is no heat and swelling indicating infection...!

lets have a look at the big three in non-acute knee conditions…


Patellofemoral
Syndrome…

This type of knee pain comes on slowly and is aggravated by running, climbing, squatting, walking up a flight of steps or even sitting over a prolonged period of time…


This is directly from the knee cap getting run off it's track in the femoral groove (a groove that is in the thigh bone)...

Bending the knee causes the patella to slide up and down in this track...

It rarely ever results in a swollen knee, but is painful nonetheless and can be set it off sometimes by an odd array of movement like pressing the pedals down in your car if you are going between gas, clutch and brake…

The knee can 'catch'; usually, this type of pain can be shaken off...

Riding a bicycle can also cause the knee cap to run slightly off its track causing temporary knee pain...

This can be from riding in the wrong gear for the incline you are on, or even by a wonky crankshaft making the motion of the pedals go slightly off to the side in an uneven rotation...

This is an illustration of the outer construct of the knee just below the skin.

Patellofemoral syndrome most commonly occurs due to:

  • Weak Muscles...

The gluteals (muscles in your backside) and quadriceps (muscles in particular….

  • Tight Muscles...

The quadriceps, hamstrings and hip flexors…

So with that information, you can adjust your workout by adding to your regime with a combination of strength building and stretching that is targeted to those areas...

  • Misalignment Of The Knee...

This could be a chronic situation from rotated hips, arches of the feet being too high or diminished, or from a case of 'knock knees'…

  • Overuse Trauma...

This comes from putting your knee joint under more than the usual amount of stress on a constant basis without eating, supplementing and performing maintenance care regularly …

Boot camps of all kinds are very popular training regimes to get fit quick and sometimes they can be harmful to someone who has not exercised or played sport consistently …

  • If you wish to start this type of training, you will need to evaluate the condition of your joints carefully as well as how you look after yourself...
  • Crashing head long into a hard training regime is not recommended if sport and exercise has not been part of your daily life...

Sometimes coaches and managers may push their players into over-training which can lead to knee pain which develops into acute knee injury…

  • If you feel this is happening to you; remember that you come first. The camaraderie of people in a sport can influence your decision making in such a way that will not be for the good or longevity of your joints…
  • Osteoarthritis in a knee is a high price to pay for popularity or even a scholarship...

You will find it well worth your while to take charge and take care of your body now...

An important rule of thumb: There are no quick solutions…!

When it comes to the body, slow and steady will bring the best result and not only save you from injury, it will make you body less likely to get injured in the future…!


Patellar Tendinitis Or
(Jumpers Knee)...

Knee pain caused by the patellar tendon will be apparent when you go to straighten your knee…

In this case the tendon has begun to degenerate and pain will be caused by…

  • Stair Climbing…
  • Jumping...
  • Running...
  • Squatting...
  • Kicking…

It will depend upon where the degenerative process has begun on the tendon; and again I will insist that you are going to best be able to find out what exactly is going on with your knee by getting some diagnostic imaging if it is available to you…

If you read the above section, you can see that Patellar Tendinopathy may initially be mistaken for Patellofemoral Syndrome. Diagnostic tests however should be able to give a clear diagnosis...

In many cases, if you don't play sport, this type of condition can be managed with rest and ice…

Glucosamine and joint chondroitin supplementation has helped some people and not others. Just be clear that there is no conclusive research on this type of supplementation...

If you do play sport and you are finding that stretching and walking it off are not doing it for you, and your knee is in pain during any of the above listed activities, or any other activity...

Be certain that you need to get treated immediately…

Some coaches may not like it if you take matters into your own hands, as there are team physios and athletic trainers available etc…

But as a chiropractor who has assisted in a few messy knee situations that were connected to sports scholarship situations...

I will tell you this...

If it were me, I would have my own trusted physician or chiropractor to provide second opinions…

One who is not acting within the interests of the coach or team...


Knee Pain
And Bursitis...

There are a total of six bursa sacs in the knee. Each of these sacs has a synovial lining that makes synovial fluid…

It is synovial fluid that lubricates the knee keeping everything moving smoothly by providing a cushion between bones, muscles and skin…

These sacs can get irritated or damaged via

  • Knee injury…

When there is acute knee injury, the bursa risk irritation or injury, that is why it is so important to get your weight off of your knee and apply R.I.C.E. as well as get yourself checked out...

Please go to the knee pain relief page if you do not know what the R.I.C.E. procedure is...

  • Overuse…

Over training through the pain, or taking on a sudden and large increase in training time or difficulty increases your risk of knee pain ...

  • Excessive Pressure…

Bursitis can occur in several different locations in the knee joint...

Leaning, kneeling against hard surfaces in awkward positions can irritate a bursa sac...

  • Infection…

An infection may enter the body through a fall or a scrape. Infections will be warm or hot to the touch, swollen and painful and should be attended to immediately…

  • Gout Crystals…

The body is making crystals that have irritated and in some cases injured the bursa. This kind of disease needs immediate attention...

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis…

This is a misguided auto immune response in the body and it is a good idea to get professional help immediately in the cases of rheumatoid with knee joint pain or any kind of joint pain

For further information on signs and symptoms of rheumatoid, please click on the knee joint pain page…

You can also go through to the knee pain relief page for immediate care for your knee with the provision that you see a physician as quickly as you can…

Please note that you want to do:

  • Rest...
  • Ice...
  • Elevation…

Avoid compression with rheumatoid conditions as the knee will be sore and warm...

You also want to get your knee checked for any infection when this condition is present...

Natural Pain
Relief...

Over the counter as well as prescribed pain relief medications are fast acting and potent, but what happens if you need to take them to manage your pain over a period of years, or for the rest of your life...?

You may wish to do some research and look into some natural pain relief remedies that will not have the toxic effects on your internal organs that most pain medications do after a lengthy period of time...

I have provided some basic information regarding supplementation that provides natural pain relief to help get you started - just click on the link below...

Natural Pain Relief


What About Chiropractic

For Knee Pain...?

A knee can be adjusted painlessly with the use of an Acitvator Gun...

Chiropractic Care is excellent for knee maintenance and some types of knee pain...

Obviously if there are ripped tendons or ligaments, they must go through proper treatment regimes, but then:

  • Activator Methods
  • A.R.T.

Are both excellent methods to promote healing and for maintenance. Limbs that are out of alignment cause additional stress to the joint as and bring about  wear and tear on the bursa sacs ...

This is a main feature of Osteoarthritis...

Remember...!  Caring for your knees and all of your joints today will save you a lot of time, pain,money and your freedom of movement later on in life...

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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.”