5 Common Causes of Knee Pain

Your knee joint helps you make everyday movements you probably don’t think about much. Knees make it possible for you to walk, stand, sit, bend, and lift.

When your knees aren’t working efficiently and you’re experiencing pain frequently, it’s time to schedule a diagnostic evaluation with experienced chiropractor, Bryan Weddle, DC, and our team at DMC Healthcare.

Dr. Weddle offers comprehensive care for all types of painful knee conditions. Here, we outline some of the most common underlying causes of knee pain and how chiropractic care can help.

How your knee joint works

The knee joint is complex, made up of your shin bone (tibia), your thighbone (femur), and patella (kneecap). Each of these bones is covered with a protective layer of cartilage that is responsible for absorbing the shocks of your movements.

Your knee also has several muscles, tendons, and ligaments that help your knee move in a variety of ways. Damage to the bones or any of these structures in your joint can cause varying levels of pain, immobility, and even disability.

This damage can be the result of direct trauma to your knee or due to underlying degenerative changes that occur with age.

What’s causing your knee pain?

There are a number of conditions and injuries that can lead to lasting knee pain. Five of the most common that our DMC Healthcare team treats includes:


Arthritis is a degenerative disease that comes in many forms. Osteoarthritis is a common arthritis type that affects your knee and causes the breakdown of the protective cartilage within your joint.

This allows the bones to rub together, creating friction that causes persistent inflammation and pain. Over time, the joint can break down so much as to cause a deformity.

2. Soft tissue injuries

Strains and tears of your knee ligaments, tendons, and muscles are common injuries of the knee. Many of these injuries are the result of sports participation and strenuous physical activity.

You might also be more prone to soft tissue injuries if you’re overweight or obese and your knees are constantly under additional pressure supporting your body weight.

3. Iliotibial band syndrome

The iliotibial band is a thick band of tissue that runs on the outside of your thigh from your pelvis to your tibia and crosses over your knee joint. It provides stability to your knee joint and makes it possible for you to extend and flex your knee.

Iliotibial band syndrome describes inflammation in the connective tissues of the knee due to long-term overuse of the joint.

4. Tendinitis

Tendinitis describes persistent inflammation in the tendons of your knee. While this condition can occur in anyone, athletes at all levels are most likely to have tendonitis.

Certain sports are known triggers of tendonitis and the resulting inflammation is often referred to by its cause, such as tennis elbow and jumper’s knee.

5. Referred pain

Referred pain is a type of persistent pain that starts in one part of the body and radiates into other areas. Damaged facet joints in your lower back or unstable hip joints can cause pain that travels down into your knee.

What’s available in chiropractic care for knee pain?

Our team at DMC Healthcare uses a variety of chiropractic techniques to relieve your knee pain and restore stability in your joint. We also focus on realigning your spine and your hips to prevent unnecessary pressure on your knee joint.

Our physical rehabilitation therapy program is also a great resource for knee pain relief. Customized exercises can improve your knee’s strength and stability and reduce your risk for additional knee injuries and pain.

If your mobility is limited by persistent knee pain, call DMC Healthcare today to schedule an evaluation or book one online today.  

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