The knee is a hinge joint with its primary movements being extension and flexion. Its functions are to provide stability in weight bearing and mobility to aid in walking or running. The distal end of the femur (thigh bone) widens to articulate with the tibia (lower leg bone). The patella (kneecap) lies in a concave area of the femur. It is embedded in the quadriceps muscles and functions to protect the joint. The patella is the largest sesamoid bone (a bone that is in a tendon).
The knee is surrounded by muscles and ligaments, which are often injured during contact sports or running. Most of the injuries are caused by a force from the anterior (front) or lateral (the outside) side of the knee. The two that seem to be involved that most with injuries are the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and the medial collateral ligament (MCL).
The knee has two discs located in the joint called meniscus discs. One is located on the medial side of the joint (inside of the leg) and the other on the lateral side of the joint (outside of the leg). These discs act as shock absorbers like those of the spine. The meniscus disc can be injured if the knee joint is compromised.
The majority of the population seeks medical help for a quick fix for pain relief. The medications that are prescribed help diminish the pain but do not treat the underlying cause of the dysfunction. The Doctor of Chiropractic looks for these causes.
The Chiropractor will perform an initial consultation and a detailed medical history. After the physical, orthopedic, and chiropractic examinations, radiographs of the area of chief complaint may be warranted for further diagnosis. Based on the findings the chiropractor gives a report of findings and a treatment plan, which will be discussed with the patient. Referrals to other practitioners are made if necessary.
Mass Ave Chiropractic Center
Dr. Daniel LaBell
313 Lunenburg Street, (Rt. 2A - Mass Ave), Fitchburg, MA 01420 - Only 500 yds. North of the John Fitch Hwy -