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Could chiropractic offer a solution for knee pain?

Persistent knee pain is a potentially crippling condition that studies suggest affects around a million Australians at any one time. Although the primary cause of knee pain is thought to be arthritis, tendon or meniscus damage, torn ligaments or issues with the patella can all play a role. Not only is knee pain uncomfortable, it can also have a marked impact on mobility. It may also have a negative effect on posture and interfere with daily activities such as dressing or bathing. For people who are suffering from knee pain, the future can look bleak. If you or someone you care about suffers from knee pain, why not take a look at what chiropractic might be able to offer?

What is chiropractic and how might it help knee pain?

Chiropractic involves performing manipulations (tiny movements in the joints) of the spine. The theory behind chiropractic is that good spinal alignment is vital to health: if the joints aren’t correctly situated in relation to one another, problems can occur.

Following a thorough assessment, the chiropractor devises a treatment regime that’s specifically tailored to meet the needs of the patient. For a patient with knee pain, chiropractic may involve manipulation of the spine, as well as possibly manipulation of the knee. The patient may also be given exercises to do in order to strengthen the muscles around the joint (assisting in supporting the joint) and offered lifestyle and postural advice (obesity, a lack of exercise, a poor diet and several other issues can exacerbate knee pain).

How long does chiropractic take to be effective for knee pain?

The number of treatments required and the type of impact they will have varies from patient to patient. Some patients report an improvement after just one treatment! Your chiropractor will review progress with you regularly, adjusting the treatment as your condition varies.

Chiropractic is suitable for almost anybody

Chiropractic is non-invasive and is suitable for people of almost any age. Usually it can be safely used with patients who have pre-existing conditions. If you’ve got knee pain that’s just not shifting, chiropractic may make a positive difference.

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