Runners Knee Pain and How Chiropractic Adjustments Can Help
For runners, knee pain is a common experience. Yet, knee pain can sideline even the most experienced runners, and it can be challenging to know how to treat it. Chiropractic adjustments are a safe and effective way to treat knee pain. At Signature Wellness Center, our experienced chiropractors are here to help. We have Belleville and Fairfield, NJ offices. We welcome anyone with this condition. Keep reading to learn more about knee pain in runners and how chiropractic adjustments can help.
What Causes Runners Knee Pain?
Several factors can cause runners' knee pain, including overuse, improper form, weak muscles, tight muscles, and shoes that don’t fit properly or offer enough support. So when you come into our office for an appointment, our team will conduct a thorough evaluation to determine the root cause of your knee pain. Once we understand what’s causing your knee pain, we’ll develop a treatment plan tailored specifically for you.
How Can Chiropractic Adjustments Help?
Chiropractic adjustments are an effective treatment for runners' knee pain, because they work to correct alignment issues in the knee joint. When the knee joint is misaligned, it puts unnecessary stress on the surrounding tendons and ligaments, leading to inflammation and pain. Chiropractic adjustments can help reduce this inflammation and relieve your pain.
In addition to providing relief from pain, our chiropractor can also help improve the knee joint's range of motion and flexibility. This improvement is essential for runners, because range of motion and knee flexibility are necessary for proper running form. In addition, good running form helps prevent injuries and further pain down the road.
How to Prevent Runners Knee Pain
Below are a few main ways to avoid a runner's knee pain. In addition, if you keep up with the following actions, you are less likely to develop knee pain in the future.
Strengthen Your Legs and Hips
One of the best ways to prevent runners' knee pain is to strengthen the muscles around your knee joint. These muscles include the quadriceps, the hamstrings, and the muscles around your hip. Strong muscles help support your knee joint and take some stress off the joint itself. You can do many exercises to strengthen these muscle groups, so talk to a physical therapist or certified athletic trainer about which practices are best for you.
Another vital way to prevent runners' knee pain is to stay flexible. Your muscles and tendons are tight, putting extra stress on your joints, leading to pain. Be sure to stretch regularly, especially before and after running. Again, a physical therapist or certified athletic trainer can help you create a stretching routine for you.
Use Proper Running Shoes
It’s also essential to use proper running shoes when you run. Running shoes should be comfortable and provide good support for your feet, ankles, and legs. They should also be appropriate for the type of running you’re doing. For instance, if you’re an avid runner who runs long distances regularly, you’ll need a different kind of shoe than someone who only runs occasionally or mainly short distances.
Schedule an Appointment at Signature Wellness Center
If you’re a runner dealing with knee pain, don’t hesitate to contact Signature Wellness Center. Our experienced chiropractor will develop a treatment plan tailored for you to get back out on the running trails as soon as possible. Contact us today to schedule an appointment at our Belleville (973) 759-2222 or Fairfield (862) 210-8189, NJ, office.