What if it’s not a knee problem that’s causing your knee pain?

At Oak Point, we get our share of patients presenting with knee pain that flares up during: 

  • walking
  • going up and down stairs
  • squatting
  • running

These patients come to us seeking answers. Is my knee pain due to an ACL injury, meniscus tear, arthritis, age, improper form, or is it something else?

Thanks to a couple of basic orthopedic tests, we can quickly ascertain which structures are affected by stressing injured tissues and reproducing the pain. However, for a large percentage of patients, we simply cannot reproduce the type of pain they feel in everyday life while they’re lying on the treatment table. They may only feel the pain when standing or doing a particular activity. This means the knee is not the problem but rather the result of dysfunction elsewhere.

When we have dysfunction in the joints above and/or below the knee, it adds excess stress onto the knee as well as creating abnormal movement and subsequent wear and tear. This creates an ideal scenario for the following outcomes:

  1. Knee injury
  2. Current injury prevented from fully healing
  3. Lingering pain and swelling that comes and goes for months and perhaps years

By implementing the Oak Point Method, we take a holistic view of the body. This allows us to swiftly detect the area of dysfunction (typically, away from the area of pain). For example, it’s very common for muscles in the hip to not fire properly. This dysfunction often presents as knee pain.

Let’s think of it in terms of a car and its wheel alignment. If the alignment is off, it means increased stress on the tires which will then need to be changed more often. However, withproper alignment, the forces will be distributed evenly and the tires do not wear as quickly. Bringing it back to the human body, if there’s dysfunction in the hip, the knee does not move optimally, and this results in swelling, injury, and pain. 

At Oak Point, we treat the cause and know from experience that this will address the symptoms. If we focused solely on the area of pain without treating the dysfunction, our patients would not be attaining the long-term relief we see time and time again.

If you’d like to experience the holistic approach to treating your sports injury or chronic pain, contact us today to set up a complimentary consultation.  

 

Written by Dimitri Boules LAc, LMT, CPE, CPT