Knee pain is very common and can be the result of a sudden injury, overuse, or by an underlying condition such as arthritis. The knee joint is susceptible to injury or wear and tear as it takes the full weight of the body plus any extra forces when you run or jump.
Common causes of knee pain include: simple strains where the tissues are stretched but not permanently damaged; damage to the menisci, which are rubber pads within the joint that act like shock absorbers; and osteoarthritis, or wear and tear of the knee, this commonly affects older or overweight individuals, or those who have had a serious knee injury in the past.
Pain in the knee can also be referred from the lower back, or the hip joints. If there are problems in these areas it affects the biomechanics and movement of the lower limbs which can place more stress on the knee joint and result in pain.
Chiropractors can examine and treat all joints of the body including the knees. Treatment involves mobilisations to improve/restore movement and function to the joints and work on the soft tissues to reduce pain and inflammation. Your chiropractor will take a holistic approach and assess your posture in order to correct any other issues that might be contributing to your knee pain.