Knee problems are a common injury that can arise as a result of:

  • Muscle imbalances of the legs and lower back
  • Over or under pronation of the foot during walking or activity
  • An increase or decrease of activity

Symptoms may include: moderate to severe pain, swelling, dysfunction of the knee, immobility, lateral or medial knee pain, maybe even pain above or below the knee cap.

joint pain treatment in san diegoAt Active Life San Diego Chiropractic and Sports Injury Prevention we will first assess your injury through a hands-on examination, present our findings and customize a Chiropractic care plan. Depending on the knee injury, we may perform a chiropractic adjustment to improve functionality, use kinesio tape to reduce inflammation, and possibly use one of our other therapies to help your body restore its range of motion. Other therapies that can be used include mobilization of the area, stabilization rehab therapy exercises, and patient education to provide a comprehensive treatment approach.

Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome

“Runner’s Knee”

Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (PFPS) is also known as runner’s knee, chondromalacia patella, or just anterior knee pain.

At Active Life San Diego Chiropractic and Sports Injury Prevention we understand the cause of Runners knee (PFPS- Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome) therefore we correctly diagnose and create a care plan that will get you back out on the road, trail or track as quickly as possible. We have found the the most common symptoms include:

  • Aching pain in the knee joint
  • Pain around, under or in front of the patella (knee cap)
  • Pain is may be worse when exercising that includes walking/running up or down hills and possibly even sitting for long periods of time
  • Swelling may occur after exercise

PFPS can be commonly found in active adolescent girls and can have any number of causes. Incorrect tracking of the patella over the femur resulting in damage or irritation of the articular cartilage is a significant factor but is a side effect of fatigue and over developed musculature around the area.

PFPS is likely to be caused initially from overuse or increased forces on the knee. Commonly from external factors such as increasing “time on your feet” and mileage while training, possibly jumping and/or knee bending.

At Active Life San Diego Chiropractic and Sports Injury Prevention, we not only treat your injuries, but we also understand how factors such as biomechanics related to your activity and how these affect each and every training session. We will work with you to help prevent injury or correct imbalances to keep you functioning at your best.

Individualized treatment plans may include:

  • Joint manipulation
  • Soft Tissue mobilization with the Graston Technique
  • Kinesio-taping with RockTape (Rocktape Certified FMT level I,II)
  • Individualized stabilization rehab exercises
  • Orthotics if needed