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Unsurprising to some, knee pain is the second most common cause of chronic pain behind only low back pain!  100 Million Americans are currently suffering with knee pain, and 1/3rd of the population will have knee pain at some point in their life.  If you have sustained any type of knee injury, you are 25-50% more likely to have early osteoarthritis and a knee replacement. Clearly, knee pain is a very big deal!

The biggest problem facing Americans with knee pain is the lack of a solution to their problem!  Most treatment aims to reduce pain – which is what we all want! The problem is cortisone, pain killers, stretching, ice, heat, e-stim, kinisiotape – none of these offer functional solutions.  If you are out of pain but doing the things that created the While some of these treatments can provide relief, most only mask the problem, essentially kicking the can down the road. This is why we are seeing an increase in arthritis, degeneration, and knee replacements!  Most of which could have been prevented with the right kind of care!

With any quality treatment, the goal should be to restore function to a dysfunctional body part.  Your knee has a very fundamental range of motion. When limited or painful, this lack of function starts to break down the knee and start the degenerative processes. So what does normal range and function look like?  There is a very simple test you can try at home to find out how you rank, and your risk for future knee problems.

Start by standing upright.  Flex the leg, grab the ankle, and try to pull it to your butt.  Full range of motion is the heel in contact with the butt with the upper leg in alignment with the opposing leg.  If this is not possible, try bringing the heel to your butt, but allow the knee to travel forward. If you cannot do one or either test, you have a massive problem!

The most common reason this test is limited is due to muscle adhesion.  Adhesion is the most common cause of limited flexibility, weakness, and pain in the knee.  Fortunately, adhesion is very easy to fix by those trained to fix it!

The doctors at Thrive Spine and Sport are the two most advanced providers in the state of Iowa certified through Integrative Diagnosis for the diagnosis and treatment of adhesion!  If you think you have tried everything for your knee pain, or facing a knee replacement and need answers, let us help! Call our office today at 319-423-0925 or click here for an appointment!

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