Known as the most common form of arthritis, osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease that occurs after years of wear and tear on the body, diminishing the cartilage protecting the ends of the bones and causing painful friction during movements. While osteoarthritis cannot be reversed, at Elite Healthcare, we work hard to slow additional damage and help ease the pain of current symptoms with a customized treatment that focuses on each patient’s specific needs.
Typically, osteoarthritis is most prevalent in the:
Inside our knees are small, fluid-filled sacs that work to reduce the friction between knee tissues called bursae. Through injury, prolonged kneeling or overuse, the bursae can become inflamed causing tenderness, stiffness and pain to the area.
Damage to the patellar-tendon the one connecting your kneecap to your shinbone- can result in increased pain surrounding your kneecap over time due to the inflammation. Especially for those participating in continuous activities that include jumping and quick movements, patellar tendonitis can gradually get worse if not treated.
While rest and stretching are two of the most effective treatments for patellar tendonitis, we also work to strengthen the muscles around the patellar tendon for quicker healing and prevention of future issues.
Typically a result from direct impact to the knee joint or sudden twist, a dislocation happens when the patella pops out or shifts from its normal position in the patellofemoral groove. While the pain itself is enough to notice an issue, you may also hear a popping or cracking sound when moving or notice that your kneecap can be moved side to side without restraint.
While sometimes the patella will move back into the groove on its own, often a doctor must physically push it back into place, a process called reduction. In the following weeks, we work with patients to strengthen the muscles and improve range of motion through a series of targeted stretching and strengthening.
IT Band Syndrome
The iliotibial band (also known as the IT Band) runs from the hip all the way down the outside of the knee to the shin, helping to stabilize and move the knee. When this tissue becomes inflamed due to overuse, poor training habits or lack of flexibility, it creates an intense pain along the lateral side of the knee.
Partial Tendon Tear
While it’s typically the people with the most active of lifestyles, tendon tears anywhere within the knee are extremely painful and must be taken very seriously. Patients with partial tendon tears will feel acute tenderness, bruising, difficulty with mobility and some swelling. There are also various types of tears, such as:
- ACL: Typically known as a sprain, this is the tendon that supports the bones that meet in the knee joint.
- PCL: Injured by hyperextension of the knee or a direct blow to the knee while bent, the PCL prevents the tibia from moving too far backward.
- MCL: The MCL’s main function is to ensure that the leg does not over-extend inward, while also stabilizing and helping the knee to rotate.
- LCL: The LCL helps to stabilize and control the side-to-side motions of the knee.
- Minor tears to the Meniscus Tendon
For all of these occurrences, the most important thing is to see a medical professional immediately. Upon evaluation, we can quickly assess which tendon is torn- and to what degree. Care can range from Regenerative Medicine, PRP Platelet Rich Plasma, Strength training, support and rest, and in some cases Surgery.
Starting at the base of your lower back and running down your hips, through the buttocks into your legs is what is called the sciatic nerve. The inflammation- typically resulting from compression of a nerve along the way- is what is considered sciatica, leaving patients with shooting pain and tenderness in various parts of the hips, buttocks or legs. Chiropractic care, physical rehab, spinal decompression and massage therapy are all effective treatments to help alleviate the radiating pain throughout your lower body. Patellofemoral Pain– Pain in Front of the Knee Pain caused by the softening of the cartilage under and around the kneecap is the leading cause of patellofemoral pain- or more simply: pain in the front of the knee. Repetitious activities or those requiring lengthy periods of stagnation can additionally trigger pain and swelling around the knee, the largest joint in the human body.
Though the name references the ligament that connects the heel to your toes, plantar fasciitis is the concentrated pain directly in the heel of the foot caused by a strain on the ligament supporting your arch. Some of the most effective treatments to treat this condition are Myofascial Release and Shockwave Therapy.
Common factors include:
- Tight lower leg muscles
- Excess weight
- Overly high arches or too flat of feet
- The angle of your feet while walking and standing
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