Your hips and knees are some of the two of the most burdened joint in the body. They are responsible for bearing most of your body weight as well as absorbing the impacts of motion or physical activity. It’s due to this strain that hips and knees are some of the most common joint injuries among patients. According to this study conducted by the NIH, chronic hip, and knee conditions like osteoarthritis are continually trending higher, indicating that they will become a very prevalent condition in the future! With that in mind, it’s critically important to take great care of your hip and knee joints now, for a better life down the road.
The specialists at Active Release and Chiropractic have decades of experience in diagnosing and treating hip and knee injuries. We perform comprehensive assessments to locate the source of your pain and provide a unique, tailored treatment plan to relieve your pain, restoring range of motion and your quality of life.
Common Causes of Hip and Knee Pain
Osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis in the knee, is caused by the gradual degradation of the cartilage in the joint. An injury or gradual joint health decline can lead to arthritis in the knee, but more often being overweight or repetitive stress sports injuries are the primary cause. Other common hip and knee injuries that chiropractors can help with include:
- Rheumatoid or psoriatic arthritis
- Knee joint misalignment
- Seized Muscles
- Pinched Nerves
Symptoms of Hip and Knee Conditions
Most joints tend to have the same symptomatic responses to damage or malfunction of the surrounding tissues. Chronic diseases and injuries all have tell-tale signs that help identify the cause. You should consult with a chiropractor if you are experience symptoms such as:
- Pain, both sudden and persistent
- Swelling or redness
- Aches and stiffness
- Grinding or locking joints
- Limited range of motion
The knee is a joint that relies heavily on ligaments and muscles for stability. When one of these components is injured, the proper function of the knee is compromised, causing a cascading effect of pain that can be difficult to pinpoint. When a patient is experiencing knee pain, it’s important to examine the joints adjacent to the knee as well. The low back, hips, and ankles all play an important role in the proper function of the knee joint.
The hip is another joint that can experience perceived pain. If you are suffering from sciatica, disc herniation, or spinal stenosis in the lower back, it’s very common for pain to radiate into the buttock area and down into the legs. This pain is often misdiagnosed as hip pain but is in fact resolved by treating the lower back.
Hip and Knee Pain Treatment Options
Each patient that visits our facility is unique, therefore the course of treatment recommended by Dr. Criscuolo will vary from patient to patient. Most commonly, Dr. Criscuolo will utilize specific chiropractic manipulation techniques to areas of restricted movement in the knee and surrounding joints. These manipulations can increase movement, improve function, and reduce pain. Our clinic utilizes the following techniques:
Active Release Technique (ART): Restoring your range of motion, releasing seized or scarred tissues, and freeing trapped nerves through applied pressure techniques that encourage release.
Chiropractic manipulation: aims to correct any misalignments in the joint or correct imbalance in your posture or stance that could be affecting your hips and knees
Cold laser therapy: is a non-invasive, painless, low-level laser that stimulates the damaged tissues, enhancing the progress of healing, and providing relief from pain and inflammation.
A customized rehabilitation and exercise program will be provided and includes rehabilitative exercises to complete at our facility, as well as exercises that can be done in the comfort of your own home!
Find Relief From Your Hip and Knee Pain
If you are suffering from acute or chronic forms of hip or knee pain, reach out to the specialists at Active Release & Chiropractic in Wall, NJ! Our team of experts can locate the source of your pain and provide treatment that corrects the issue at its source! You don’t have to live in pain, call or book an appointment online today, and regain your quality of life!