Knoxville Spine & Sports has the experience, skills, and state-of-the-art technology to effectively diagnose and treat your knee pain in Knoxville, TN. Dr. Bert Solomon and our team of physical therapists, chiropractors and certified athletic trainers are trained in treating and rehabilitating injuries and conditions, such as
-Patellofemoral pain (PFPS) syndrome
-Sprains and strains of the muscles, tendons and ligaments
We specialize in various therapies, techniques and treatment options including chiropractic, physical therapy, dry needling, massage, strengthening & corrective exercises, McKenzie Method and more. With over 15+ years of experience, Knoxville Spine & Sports has the expertise to alleviate your pain to get you to optimal health and peak performance.
If you're currently experiencing knee pain in Knoxville, Tennessee, call now for an appointment!
Causes of Knee Pain
Dr. Bert Solomon has over 15 years of training and experience in helping patients get pain relief for joint pain caused osteoarthritis, patellar tendonitis (Jumper’s Knee), ACL Sprain (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) and much more. Whether you jog down your street or whether you’re a more serious runner like those in the 2100-member Knoxville Track Club, running is exhilarating, right? The only downside is that as a runner, you might experience knee pain. In fact, the most common running injury is called “runner’s knee” or patellofemoral pain syndrome. If you’ve ever had a dull, aching pain that feels like it is behind or on top of the kneecap, you likely have this ailment. The pain occurs because the kneecap (patella) grinds against the groove in the thigh bone (femur) when you flex and extend the knee during running. Most people experience tenderness when pushing on the kneecap, as well as pain if you fully extend your leg. The syndrome is also more likely to occur in women.
Patellofemoral pain (PFPS) syndrome is very different from another source of knee pain known as patellar tendonitis, also known as “jumper’s knee”. With this injury, you feel pain in the patellar tendon that connects your kneecap to your shin. Jumper’s knee is an inflammation of the tendon caused resulting from overuse injury. Many athletes brush off this injury as minor, so they keep training, but patellar tendonitis is a serious condition that will worsen over time. The tendon damage can lead to inability to straighten the knee and lack of support to the patella. Ultimately, surgery will be needed if the condition is not treated early.
Many of these knee injuries have to do with proper hip mechanics. Runners need hip strengthening exercises and techniques to avoid impacting the knees in a negative way. Specifically, we can teach you the appropriate hip abductor, flexor/extensor, rotator, and quadriceps muscle strengthening exercises to prevent knee injury. We have many clients who are runners, and they definitely benefit from a dedicated stretching and strength training program.
People who love running, hiking and many other sports can also experience an ACL sprain as a common injury. If you do sprain the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) on the inside of the knee, you will likely have tenderness and moderate to severe pain along that joint. You might even hear a “pop” and swelling occurs within 24 hours. When this ligament is sprained, you’ll likely feel like your knee can’t support your weight, and you’ll have decreased range of motion and discomfort while walking.
ACL sprains range in severity from a ligament that is stretched but not torn to a fully torn ligament. Prevention of tears is key, and at Knoxville Spine and Sports, we have an ACL Prevention Program based on the neuromuscular retraining process called Sportsmetrics, developed by the Cincinnati Sports Medicine Research and Education Foundation. We have been very successful using our predictive model for probability of ACL injuries, as well as reducing the risk of ACL injury by 90% in individuals who use this program.