3 Non-Surgical Treatment Options For Chronic Knee Pain

Do you suffer from knee pain? Does it hurt when you sit or walk? If so, there could be a number of reasons why you're suffering. The tendons in the knee could be under stress. Your joint could be out of alignment. Your bones could be grinding together in some places. A visit to a doctor may uncover the cause. However, there may be no easy solution when it comes to treatment. Surgery may be an effective option, but it can also be costly, painful, and have a long recovery time. If you don't want surgery, you have some alternatives. Here are three effective non-surgical treatment options:

Physical therapy. One of the problems in your knee may be that the ligaments and muscles surrounding the knee are in a weakened state. You can resolve that by participating in regular physical therapy. A physical therapist can put you through a routine of stretching and muscle-building exercises to increase overall strength in the knee. The physical therapist may recommend that you combine your stretching regimen with regular rest and icing. The end goal is to gradually rebuild your knee's ligaments so they can better withstand the rigors of day-to-day activity.

Hyaluronic acid injections. The idea of having acid injected into your knee may sound a little frightening. However, this is a natural acid that your body produces on its own. Its used as a lubricant and shock absorbing substance in most of your major joints. If you're suffering from knee pain, it may be because your body isn't producing enough hyaluronic acid. A doctor can give you injections to ease your pain and help your knee be more functional. While they can be effective, these injections don't work for everyone. They can also be costly and you may need to get them on a regular, long-term basis.

Chiropractor adjustments. It's also possible that your pain has less to do with your ligaments and more to do with your bones. The knee is a complex joint, with a large number of moving parts and bones. It's possible that those bones could have shifted out of alignment, causing friction every time you take a step or sit down. A chiropractor can adjust your knee to get it back in an optimal alignment. The chiropractor may also recommend icing, rest, and possibly even physical therapy to maximize your results. The chiropractor may also look at your spine, neck, and other joints to make sure your entire body is in alignment.

For more information, contact a chiropractor (such as one from Newman Chiropractic Center LLC) in your area. He or she can examine your knee and recommend a treatment plan.