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knee painThe Knee Joint 101

Vocabulary Check

  • Tendon: fibrous collagen tissue connecting bone to muscle.
  • Ligament: fibrous connective tissue connecting bone/cartilage to bone/cartilage.

    • Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL): connects the femur to the tibia.
  • Meniscus: cartilage that absorbs shock between the femur and the tibia.

What is the Knee?

At the most basic level, the knee is a large joint in the human body that allows you to bend your leg. Tendons connect your leg muscle to your femur, tibia, and fibula to make movement possible, and the joint is stabilized by ligaments, which connect the bones of the knee joint. Without these muscles and connective tissues, the knee joint would not be able to function. The knee joint is prone to injury, and pressure and stress on the knee can cause injury over time.

Injuries & Conditions that Affect the Knee

The knee has a very limited range of motion when compared to other joints in your body, such as the hip; it only moves backward, which makes it very prone to injury due to excessive pressure, twisting in the wrong direction, etc.

Common Injuries & Conditions

  • Sprain
  • Torn ACL
  • Fracture
  • Torn meniscus
  • Patellar tendinitis
  • Arthritis
  • Dislocated kneecap

Common Symptoms

  • Pain
  • Stiffness and/or swelling
  • Instability and/or weakness
  • Leg won’t fully straighten
  • Crunching or popping sounds

knee 2Chiropractic Treatment

Everything in the body is connected, and your knee is no exception. Overuse, excessive weight, and misalignments within your body can all affect your knees, causing pain and eventual injury. If you’re struggling with knee pain, chiropractic adjustment may help relieve your pain. If knee pain is interfering with your sports performance, not responding to long-term medication, arthritic in nature, or simply restricting your stability and range of motion, you should seriously consider chiropractic treatment.

Not sure if chiropractic care is the right choice for you knee pain? Schedule a free consultation with our clinic to find out what’s causing your pain.

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