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Knee Pain Chiropractic Treatment

Dr. Bradley Eyford DC and Dr. Dena Marie Terranova DC

Knee Pain Specialist

Knee pain is pain in or around the knee, particularly affecting the knee joint or surrounding soft tissue. The knee is a complex joint with ligaments and muscles that provide stability. 

Sudden trauma or injury to the knee joint, overuse or underlying medical conditions like arthritis and osteoarthritis can trigger knee pain. The severity of the damage can be mild, causing endurable pain to severe, resulting in excruciating pain and joint mobility restriction (locked knee).

Chiropractic adjustments are a safe, non-invasive way to manage knee pain. Our Chiropractic care in Tacoma treats the root cause of the pain and helps speed up the recovery process. It, in the process, improves knee joint mobility and its functioning.

Dr. Bradley Eyford, DC, is an experienced Tacoma chiropractor. Chiropractic treatment helps correct spinal structure. It is important not to ignore knee pain. Otherwise, it may become worse over time. 

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Symptoms Of Knee Pain

Knee pain can be associated with the following symptoms:

  • Knee swelling
  • Knee stiffness
  • Red and warm skin
  • Weakness or instability of knee joint
  • Restriction and pain in joint movement
  • Popping noises

Types Of Knee Pain

Based on the trigger, there are three types of knee pain:

  • Any form of acute injuries like broken bones, meniscal tear, or torn ligaments
  • A medical condition like infections, rheumatoid arthritis, or osteoarthritis
  • Chronic stress or overuse of the knee like IT band syndrome, tendinitis, bursitis, patellar syndrome, or chondromalacia 

Causes Of Knee Pain

There are various causes for knee pain broadly classified into injuries, types of arthritis, mechanical problems, and other problems. 


It includes any injury to the ligaments, tendons, fluid-filled bursae, bones, cartilage, and ligaments that form the knee joint. The common injuries are:

  • ACL injury
  • Fractures
  • Torn meniscus
  • Knee bursitis

Mechanical problems

Some mechanical problems that can cause knee pain include:

  • A loose body like bone or cartilage piece due to bone degeneration or injury that floats into the joint space
  • IT band syndrome common with distance runners and cyclists
  • Dislocated or displaced knee cap
  • Hip or foot pain that changes your gait and stresses your knee join

Types of arthritis

Though there are more than 100 types of arthritis, the following can cause knee pain:

  • Osteoarthritis is a wear-and-tear condition due to use and age
  • Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic autoimmune condition that affects any body part 
  • Gout triggered by accumulated uric acid crystals in the joint
  • Pseudogout is caused by calcium crystals that develop in the joint fluid
  • Septic arthritis due to infection can quickly cause extensive knee damage and requires immediate attention

Other problems

Other problems that can trigger knee pain are:

  • Patellofemoral pain syndrome that’s common in athletes and older adults
  • Risk factors like obesity, poor muscle strength, and flexibility
  • Some sports or jobs
  • Any previous injury

Temporary Pain Relief

Good self-care and appropriate rest provide immediate but temporary pain relief. Self-care measures to treat knee pain include:

  • Applying an ice pack to soothe the inflammation
  • Compressive bandages that reduce the swelling
  • Keeping the knee in an elevated position
  • Many patients report getting relief from riding a stationary bicycle

Knee Pain Treatment

The cause and severity decide the appropriate knee pain treatment. The following interventions may help alleviate knee pain and restore its function.

Medical treatment

  • Pharmacological therapy for pain control provides prompt symptomatic relief.
  • Anti-inflammatory medications decrease inflammation and improve arthritis.
  • Antibiotics are best for treating conditions like septic arthritis.
  • Severe arthritis may require steroid injections.
  • Plasma-rich plasma (PRP) therapy 

Surgical treatment:

Severe injuries that distort the knee structure of the knee may require surgical correction. The options are:

  • Arthroscopic surgery
  • Partial knee replacement surgery
  • Total knee replacement

Chiropractic Treatment For Knee Pain

Chiropractic care for knee pain is a safe, non-medical, non-surgical approach to treat knee problems. It manages knee pain, improves joint mobility, and restores its function. The chiropractic adjustment treats the root cause to stabilize the knee and speed up the recovery process.

We use chiropractic adjustments to realign the misaligned joint back to its proper place. These manipulations in the process ultimately release pressure on the nerves, ligaments, and other surrounding structures.

It leads to reduced inflammation and pain relief. The chiropractic adjustments, with strengthening exercises, improve joint flexibility by strengthening surrounding muscles.

At Tacoma Chiropractic Health Connection clinic, we use our experience and knowledge to provide the highest quality of care for our patients’ knee pain relief.

Long Term Problems Due To Untreated Knee Pain

Ignoring knee pain for long can have serious consequences, like the following complications:

  • Joint erosion
  • Chronic pain
  • Structural deformity
  • Permanent joint damage

Does Medical Insurance Cover Knee Pain Treatment

Medical insurance companies often provide relief packages for knee pain treatment. Knee replacement surgery, however, is a cosmetic procedure that health insurance does not cover.

Contact us to book an appointment if you suffer from chronic knee pain.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Knee Pain

Is a Tacoma chiropractor specializes in knee pain?

If you wonder how to cure knee pain fast, chiropractic care for knee pain is the best non-invasive therapy to restore joint mobility and decrease pain intensity. A chiropractor also helps deal with knee injuries. The functioning of the knee joint improves, ligaments and tendons stabilize, and recovery speeds up.

What causes knee pain under the kneecap?

A number of conditions can result in knee pain under the kneecap. These are

  • Overuse injury leading to bursitis
  • Damaged cartilage under kneecap – chondromalacia patella
  • Gouty arthritis
  • Baker’s cyst (fluid accumulation behind the knee)

What does a torn tendon in the knee feel like?

A torn tendon in the knee feels like a tearing or popping sensation. The mobility of the knee joint restricts as the knee swells and pain increases. There might be indentation below the knee joint if the patellar tendon tears.

What is the most painful knee injury?

The most painful knee injury is a quadruple knee ligament injury. It causes severe damage to the knee and serious ligament destruction.

How do I know if my knee pain is severe?

The seriousness of knee pain is indicated by the following symptoms:

  • Swelling of knee joint
  • Fever
  • Pain, increasing in intensity
  • Red and warm skin over the knee joint
  • Tender knee joint

What is the best painkiller for knee pain?

The best pain relievers for knee pain are nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen. At higher doses, these drugs reduce inflammation and are thus helpful for arthritis. Acetaminophen is a good analgesic for knee pain.