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This study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine+ found an increase in knee pain of 65% over the past 20 years. I have seen patients who were scheduled for knee replacement who were able to delay surgery for 5 years or more through chiropractic. 

This was because I was able to find weakness of major muscles that support the knee and correct the cause by treating nerve compression coming from the low back. I was able to find the specific connection by using what I call DNCT – Dynamic Nerve Compression Technique. I can scan the body for muscle weakness. When I find weakness I try decompressing the spine at the level which supplies the nerves to that muscle. 

The muscles both move joints and protect them. So a weak quadriceps group – the big muscles in front of the thigh, can lead to excess wear and tear of the knee joint. Often there is an imbalance within this muscle group which causes an uneven pull on the knee. And in most cases, tractioning the low back temporarily corrects the muscle problem. A course of chiropractic treatment can usually fix the disc bulge. 

Trauma, general inflammation and in some cases autoimmunity can also cause knee pain. But these will not correct with traction but we can usually sort out these issues and address them specifically. 

There is some correlation with being overweight but I believe this is really a connection with the standard American Diet (SAD) which is very high in sugar and simple carbohydrates. Problems with blood sugar definitely cause whole body inflammation increasing joint pains. The solution, in my opinion, is a ketogenic diet. This diet is well researched and there is a wealth of data showing it is the fastest way to lose weight and can be sustained for years if it is done correctly. This is a special interest of mine. If this interests you, let’s talk. 

If you, or someone you love is suffering from joint pain – knee, shoulder, ankle, foot or wherever – use the link below to set up a time for a free “Get to Know Us” phone, zoom, or in person brief consultation. 

*Nguyen US, Zhang Y, Zhu Y, Niu J, Zhang B, Felson DT. Increasing prevalence of knee pain and symptomatic knee osteoarthritis: survey and cohort data. Ann Intern Med. 2011 Dec 6;155(11):725-32. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-155-11-201112060-00004. PMID: 22147711; PMCID: PMC3408027. 


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