Knee pain is a common complaint that affects people of all ages, and it can be debilitating enough to impact your daily activities. Understanding what’s behind your discomfort is crucial for effective treatment and long-term relief.

There are many reasons why your knee might hurt. Learn about some of the most common causes of knee pain, and how they are treated.

1. Osteoarthritis: A Common Type of Arthritis

Osteoarthritis is one of the most common causes of knee pain, particularly affecting older adults. It occurs when the protective cartilage that cushions the ends of your bones wears down over time, leading to pain, swelling, and reduced joint flexibility. While it’s often considered a “wear-and-tear” condition, factors like genetics, weight, and previous injuries can also contribute to its onset. For treatment, many people find relief through low-impact exercises that aim to strengthen the muscles around the joint, thereby improving stability and reducing stress on the knee.

Low-Level Light Therapy (LLLT) and cold laser therapy are emerging treatments that use light to stimulate cellular repair and reduce inflammation. Piezo Extra Corporeal Shockwave (ECS) Therapy is another option that uses shockwaves to promote tissue healing and pain relief. Chiropractic techniques can also be beneficial in aligning the joint and improving its function.

Additionally, specific nutritional supplementation, such as glucosamine and chondroitin, can support joint health and may alleviate symptoms.

2. Injuries

Knee injuries like ligament tears, meniscus tears, and dislocations are often the result of sports activities, accidents, or sudden movements that put excessive strain on the knee joint. These injuries can cause acute pain, swelling, and limited mobility. Treatment often involves a multi-pronged approach that may include rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE) to reduce inflammation and promote healing. Some knee exercises can help restore strength and range of motion, while chiropractic techniques can assist in realigning the joint for optimal function. Low-Level Light Therapy (LLLT) and Piezo Extra Corporeal Shockwave (ECS) Therapy can stimulate tissue repair and alleviate pain.

3. Tendonitis

Tendonitis in the knee is an overuse injury that occurs when the tendons—the fibrous tissues connecting muscle to bone—become inflamed or irritated. This condition is commonly seen in athletes or individuals who engage in repetitive activities that put strain on the knee joint. Symptoms often include pain, swelling, and difficulty in moving the affected area.

To prevent tendonitis, try the following:

  • Warming up before you exercise
  • Stretching your muscles after you work out
  • Wearing shoes that support your feet

If you already have tendonitis, you can treat it by:

  • Resting your knee
  • Icing the painful area
  • Wearing a knee brace

Knee pain caused by tendonitis can keep you from doing things you enjoy. Visit your chiropractor if the pain does not subside.

4. Bursitis

Bursitis in the knee is characterized by the inflammation of the bursae, the small fluid-filled sacs that act as cushions for the joint. Common triggers include repetitive movements, extended periods of kneeling, or a direct blow to the knee. Symptoms often manifest as pain, swelling, and restricted mobility. For treatment, rest and elevation are usually recommended to minimize inflammation, along with the application of ice to alleviate swelling. Exercise can help in enhancing joint function and muscle strength. Chiropractic care can also be beneficial, focusing on realigning the joint to reduce stress on the affected area, thereby aiding in a more holistic recovery.

5. Meniscus Tear

A meniscus tear is a common knee injury that often occurs during activities involving twisting or turning movements, such as sports or heavy lifting. The meniscus is a C-shaped cartilage that acts as a cushion between the thigh bone and shin bone. When torn, it can cause pain, swelling, and limited range of motion in the knee. Chiropractic care and Piezo Extra Corporeal Shockwave can offer treatment to help heal meniscus tears and relieve pain.

Now You Know the Common Causes of Knee Pain

Knee pain can be a debilitating condition that significantly impacts your quality of life. Whether it’s osteoarthritis, common injuries like meniscus tears, or conditions such as tendonitis, bursitis, or another cause of knee pain, understanding the root cause is the first step toward effective treatment. Chiropractic care, along with emerging therapies, offers a non-invasive approach to managing knee pain and promoting long-term relief. By taking proactive steps to address your knee pain, you’re not just alleviating discomfort—you’re investing in your future mobility and overall well-being.

Are you ready to get relief from knee pain? Contact us today to learn more about drug-free, nonsurgical treatment options for some of the common causes of knee pain.