Knee Dysfunction – Grinding Knee Cap
The multifaceted causes of Knee dysfunction, patellofemoral dysfunction or grinding knee caps are most effectively identified through a methodical evaluation of a patient’s lower extremity alignment, patellar mobility, muscle flexibility, strength, and coordination as well an assessment of soft-tissue and articular pain. By coalescing information from examination and with a careful history and appropriate x-ray studies, the physician can make a more precise analysis of the patients knee dysfunction. As a north phoenix chirorpactor, this sets the stage for specific rehabilitation recommendations, which usually will involve some combination of muscle flexibility and strength training, kinesio taping, orthoses, acupuncture and therapy with heat an ice.
As a north Phoenix chiropractor, I find Knee dysfunction conditions usually respond to nonoperative treatment. Patient pain diagrams may help clarify a vague, frustrating and complicated history serving to identify knee dysfunction and instability or both. Patients often report pain around the front part of the knee that usually is made worse when negotiating stairs or feeling knee pain after jogging. Knee dysfunction pain is usually increased after prolonged knee flexion that occurs during long car rides or sitting in class or at a movie theater.
Diagnosing knee dysfunction as patella femoral pain syndrome
When attempting to discern the source of the knee dysfunction pain, an important question is whether it involves the soft tissue or the joint articulation itself such as chondromalacia. Was the mechanism of injury high impact or relatively low energy such as walking, twisting or dancing.
As a north Phoenix chiropractor, rehabilitating a patient with patellofemoral pain or knee dysfunction, the desired effect is to return the patient to the previous condition so it can withstand the forces imposed on it without flaring up. Is there a misalignment or crepitus within the articulation? Does the patient have tight hamstring and gastrocnemius flexibility? How is the iliotibial band flexibility?
Knee dysfunction using chiropractic rehab may be different for each patient, but generally requires rehab that supports correct alignment of the kneecap as it tracts within the femur groove. By stretching and strengthening specific muscles along with reducing the inflammatory effect with acupuncture or other modalities enables the person to start back on a road of re-conditioning. Strapping, kinesio tape therapy and electro modalities have proved to be of immense value in this process. As a north Phoenix
chiropractor I also evaluate the position of the patella and when appropriate, manipulative therapy to the knee joint has proven to be quite beneficial in recovery.
If you are experiencing knee dysfunction pain or knee pain in general, consider making an appointment with Dr. Berg to assess your condition and provide the necessary care.
this article on knee dysfunction is informational and not to be used to diagnose or treat any medical condition