Your Knee Pain May Be Coming from Your Hip – How to Spot Referred Pain

It makes sense to think that the chronic pain you feel in your knee is directly related to a knee injury or disease. But did you know persistent knee pain may actually have something to do with the health of your hip?

Chiropractic specialist, Bryan Weddle, DC, understands how frustrating it can be to not find relief for chronic knee pain. Dr. Weddle also knows that not all pain is as it seems, and that the pain in your knee may be a type of referred pain.

How referred pain works

Referred pain is a type of pain you feel in one area of your body that’s caused by an injury in another part of your body.

One of the more commonly known examples of referred pain is the sensation of pain in an arm or leg that has been amputated. A brain freeze is also an example of referred pain with stimulation to the mouth resulting in pain in the back of your head.

For many people with referred pain, an inaccurate diagnosis is common. As a result of not fully exploring all possible connections to persistent pain, those affected may receive treatment for the wrong condition and never find real relief of their pain.

Dr. Weddle takes the time to truly listen to your symptoms and uncover the root cause of your pain. His approach ensures you receive the treatment you need to prevent long-term health complications. 

The correlation between your hip and knee

Your hip joint is prone to direct trauma injuries from physical activity or damage caused by age-related degeneration and diseases, like arthritis. This joint is responsible for supporting your body weight and helping you maintain good coordination and balance.

Your hip and knee joints work in conjunction with each other. When you walk or jump, your foot movements trigger a series of events that move up your leg and rotate your thigh bone, which is part of your hip joint.

The inward turn of the hip joint during movements puts pressure on your ligaments, tendons, and cartilage in the knee joint and your knee cap. When there’s existing damage in your hip that limits your movements, the structures of your knee may be affected, which results in knee pain.

Why thorough diagnostics matter in pain relief

In many cases of knee pain, diagnostic testing focuses only on the knee area. When your X-rays and a physical exam shows no abnormalities in the knee joint, you may be sent on your way without the right treatment.

Dr. Weddle understands how referred pain can impact your life, causing frustration throughout the diagnostic and treatment processes. For this reason, he provides a thorough evaluation of your whole body to determine if the pain you feel is direct or referred.

Chiropractic care for knee pain is also designed to focus on the whole body. Dr. Weddle customizes your treatment to your needs but addresses all aspects of joint alignment in your body. During your treatment, he can realign both your spine and your hips to alleviate referred pain in areas like your knees, lower back, and legs. Chiropractic care is both safe and effective, even when you have existing degenerative conditions, like osteoarthritis.

By addressing misalignments in the spine and hips, Dr. Weddle can help you achieve long-term pain relief in your knees while improving your overall mobility. He can also perform routine adjustments to keep your joints in proper position to prevent recurrent pain.

If you haven’t found relief from chronic knee pain, schedule an evaluation at DMC Healthcare today by calling the office or by requesting an appointment online now. 

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