Knee Pain Specialist

Gaslamp Chiropractic -  - Chiropractic

Gaslamp Chiropractic

Chiropractic located in San Diego, CA

Knee pain affects people of all ages. Pinpointing the exact location allows the experienced team at Gaslamp Chiropractic in San Diego, California, to identify the cause of your pain — and set you on the path to recovery. They emphasize holistic, integrative care to address not only your injury but also your wellness as a whole person. Get functional medical care today by calling or booking a consultation online at the Downtown Gaslamp Quarter office.

Knee Pain Q is & A

Why does my knee hurt?

Your knee is comprised of many structures, including a host of ligaments, tendons, and muscles. This complexity makes your knee prone to painful injuries and medical conditions. 

Knee pain may arise from the following sources and others.

  • Patella
  • Tibiofemoral joint
  • Bursa
  • Iliotibial (IT) band tendons
  • Meniscus

Various injuries and ailments can damage or inflame the structures in your knee. This may lead to conditions such as:

  • Torn ligament
  • Torn cartilage
  • Bursitis
  • Muscle tears or strains
  • Baker's cyst (fluid-filled swelling)
  • Arthritis
  • Osgood-Schlatter disease (painful swelling on the upper shin)
  • Iliotibial band syndrome (tendon irritation)
  • Dislocated kneecap

Your provider at Gaslamp Chiropractic pinpoints the cause of your knee pain during your initial visit to recommend a personalized course of treatment to give you relief.

When should I see a chiropractor about knee pain?

Simple causes of knee pain may go away without medical care. You can try self-care at home by resting your knee and applying ice to see if that helps. 

Knee pain due to an accident or injury needs prompt attention. It's also best to contact Gaslamp Chiropractic with any of these symptoms:

  • Difficulty walking
  • Limping
  • Limited range of motion
  • Locking of your knee
  • Tenderness to the touch 

Also, seek medical care if your knee can't support your weight.

How is knee pain diagnosed?

Your Gaslamp Chiropractic provider asks about the nature of the pain and when it began. During your physical exam, they assess your range of motion, checking to see how far you can move your leg in various directions. They examine your knee for signs of:

  • Swelling
  • Warmth
  • Tenderness
  • Visible bruising

They manipulate your knee, gently pulling or pushing on the knee joint to evaluate the health of the underlying structures in your knee. You may need imaging tests to complete your diagnosis. For example, ultrasound can assess soft tissue damage, while an X-ray checks for degenerative bone diseases or fractures.

What is the treatment for knee pain?

Gaslamp Chiropractic creates a personalized treatment plan based on your diagnosis. They may recommend massage therapy or acupuncture to ease the pain. Nutrition counseling and weight loss can relieve strain and pressure on your knee that may be contributing to your condition.

Physical therapy and exercises can help to strengthen your knee. If your injury is sports-related, your Gaslamp Chiropractic provider shows you how certain movements affect your knee. They help you establish the proper technique to help prevent repeated injuries. A knee brace or support also may improve your condition.

If you’re ready to be free of knee pain, call Gaslamp Chiropractic today or schedule a consultation online for whole-person care.