Hello, Dr. Ryan here, and today we’re diving into knee issues. Knee pain can manifest in various ways, whether it’s through the patella tendon, the joint line on either side, or above the knee near the quad muscles. Each area requires a targeted approach for pain relief and improved functionality.
For patella tendon pain, I often use a fascia distortion technique, working on the attachment site to enhance stability. Additionally, addressing the quads with soft tissue work helps alleviate pressure on the kneecap, promoting better movement.
Now, when it comes to meniscus issues, traumatic tears and degenerative tears have different considerations. Traumatic tears may need consultation with a physician or orthopedic surgeon. On the other hand, degenerative tears can often be rehabilitated without surgery. Identifying tenderness along the joint line allows us to work on the meniscus, allowing us to work with it to help relieve knee pressure.
Strengthening exercises play a vital role in knee rehab. Squats, split squats, and targeted workouts for quads, hamstrings, and glutes contribute to overall knee stability. In the office, we assess knee movement and perform adjustments if necessary, using tests like the varus and valgus test to guide our approach.
However, always consult a qualified physician to determine the best course of action tailored to your specific situation. This ensures you receive the most effective and personalized care to overcome knee pain and discomfort.