A knee injury can be completely deflating. Are you suffering from a torn meniscus injury? Have you been told that your ligaments are “shot” because of your knee injury? Do you have a large tear in a tendon making it impossible for you to walk with any comfort? Maybe you have a knee injury because you suffered though a car accident and your knee is fractured?
- Seek out a chiropractor. A good alternative health care professional will take your whole body, muscles and skeleton into account when recommending a therapy plan. In fact, a chiropractor is likely your best bet. When you need to do all you can to avoid surgery, a few adjustments and a strong physical therapy plan will go a long way toward getting your knees back into shape.
- Get into a physical therapy program with a sports medicine therapist. Some people think that sports medicine is just for athletes. Combined with a good chiropractic adjustment, physical therapy will help you to build back strength and redevelop your confidence to hold your body weight. Your knee is such an important tool for walking, running, lifting, squatting, and nearly every possible range of motion with your legs. A good physical therapist with a background in sports medicine will keep you motivated and work well with your chiropractor to construct a plan for long term recovery.
- You should get serious about weight loss. Losing weight is possibly the most important thing you can do to avoid knee surgery. If you have osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis, losing ten to fifteen pounds is the best thing you can do for your knees. If you end up needing surgery in the future then losing weight can also reduce your risks for complications. The weight loss may also reduce added stress to your knees which can greatly improve your rehabilitation time.
Getting back on your feet is no laughing matter. If your primary physician is pushing corticosteroids and pharmaceuticals, you can count on a never-ending cycle of pain management. Surgeons may believe that their interventions will save the day but often fail to mention that you will likely still end up with a long term recovery program that requires the same methods, and techniques that could save you from surgery in the first place. Often times, a skilled and knowledgeable chiropractor can assign the appropriate therapy, and possibly avoid knee surgery, altogether.
Always make sure to weigh all of your options as every unique case has its special needs. When seeking out a care provider, it is a smart idea to find one that specializes in all three areas of medicine and therapy.
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