Instrument Adjusting Provides Relief for Runner's Knee and Knee OA
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Saturday, August 23, 2014 06:09 PM

Although most people immediately think of back or neck pain when they hear the word “chiropractor,” DCs can help with a variety of other issues and conditions. Likewise, DCs deal with more than bones, too.  The tissues that connect bones and the muscles that support them are important in chiropractic care. The knee is an example of a complex joint that people are increasingly finding responds well to chiropractic adjustments. The use of instruments in treating knee pain may lead to improved patient outcomes.

Two knee-related problems that many DCs treat are runner’s knee and knee osteoarthritis (KOA). Both conditions require treatment of the soft tissue surrounding the joint. In addition to treating the soft tissues, all conditions of the knee call for caution and low force adjustments. The complexity of the joint, as well as the fact that healthy knee function contributes to a high quality of life, make a conservative treatment plan optimal.

Chiropractic treatment is a valuable treatment option for many patients. If all of the bones making up the knee joint are properly positioned, the next step for most DCs will be to treat the soft tissue surrounding and supporting the joint, and this is where instruments may come into play.

The phrase “instrument adjusting” covers a wide range of techniques, from spring-loaded mechanical instruments to much more complex computerized instruments. For IT band issues, as well as many other problems involving the soft tissues surrounding the knee, instrument-assisted soft-tissue mobilization (IASTM) is often the best treatment option.

Patients diagnosed with KOA face a radically different situation. KOA is a degenerative disease, for which there is no cure. However, chiropractic care can provide some relief from the symptoms and contribute to a higher quality of life for patients. “Adjustive therapies to restore knee flexion and extension.” IASTM can help DCs remove any restrictions that block mobilization.

Healthy function of the knee contributes to an active lifestyle, and instrument adjusting can help DCs provide patients with relief from pain, as well as maintain healthy joint function to avoid future pain.