Your Aching Knees

by Dr. Armstrong

Before a sufferer of knee joint pain find themselves completely disabled, there are often many warning years of recurrent aches and pains.

Often, knee discomfort is related to low back pain or pelvic problems, and if there is a connection, most patients are not aware of it. All of the weight of the upper torso is normally balanced on the lower back pelvis.  The normally balanced weight is then evenly and equally distributed to the legs, with the center of gravity passing down through the aching knees and feet. 

If the weight distribution should become distorted due to a lower back or foot problem, it can cause an abnormal amount of weight to be placed on the joint of the knees. Initially, one's only symptom might be an occasional slight soreness in one of the knees following heavy exercise. Later, symptoms can appear without apparrent aggravation at all.

Drugs can provide tempary relief of one's knee pain, but if the underlying cause of the pain is not properly treated, the condition will certainly progress, and may manifest down the road as an arthritic joint disorder.

Chiropractic treatment has helped many patients with knee problems, which often disappear following chiropractic treatment for low back conditions. Chiropractic spinal adjustments help rebalance the weight of the upper torso on the low back and pelvis. This in turn, helps restore a more even distribution of weight on the joints of the knees.

If you or someone you know is using drugs for temporary relief of their knee joint pain, it is usually just a matter of time until the symptoms reappear.  During this time, the joint may gradually deteriorate, with the possibility of eventual disability.

Because of the close connection between a misaligned spine and problems with one's knees, everyone experiencing knee discomfort should see a chiropractor for an evaluation.

This information is not intended as a substitute for professional chiropractic care.  For a free, no obligation consultation, please call our office today at 707.792.1400.

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