Running on Your Knees and Nerves

The sun is setting earlier, the leaves are changing colours, we switch up our sports and activity routines, and come to the end of ‘marathon season’. From spring till late fall many of us even enjoy a simple jog in the park perhaps taking a break through the winter season. With this warm weather especially inviting this year you may hear avid runners complaining about knee pain over time, especially without a bit of a rest period.

Chiropractic manipulation has been shown beneficial to increase joint function and reduce pain from osteoarthritis and other pain related circumstances in the knee, such as nerve entrapment. Nerve entrapment can be caused by marathon running, leaving runners experiencing muscle fatigue or excessive tightness in their hip rotators. Nerve entrapment treatment is commonly done through surgery but pain can be managed through a less-invasive approach of manual therapy and exercise rehabilitation.

The pressure changes that come with the change in the weather can have great influence on nerve performance. The nervous system is what controls and coordinates every function that the human body does, sending messages to the brain and vice versa. With chronic pain, over time our nerves become more sensitive from injury, inflammation or scarring. Pressure changes will impact nerve more, causing a decrease in proper function and completion of tasks of daily living. When there’s interference in the communication to the brain our nervous system doesn’t work as well, consequently affecting our body’s ability to adapt. Nerve interference can be removed through gentle chiropractic adjustments. Gentle adjustments take the pressure off the nerve, removing any interference or irritation.

Implementation of orthotics has been shown beneficial in providing symptomatic relief of knee pain. For example, overpronation, when the foot ‘rolls in’, can change the alignment of the knee and agitate existent pain from conditions such as osteoarthritis.  By changing the distribution of weight through the ankle and foot, acting as a cushion and ultimately influencing the distribution of force through the knee, orthotics can help adjust the alignment of the knee and reducing pain.

Along with chiropractic adjustments and orthotics, moderate exercise is beneficial for strengthening joints and completes the triad for optimal knee joint health to prepare you for getting back on the field or the track come the spring.

Here at the North York Madison Sports Injury Clinic we want to provide you with the best chiropractic care possible. We offer many services from chiropractic adjustments, orthotics consolations, RMT, Physiotherapy, Kinesiology and Naturopathy. Make an appointment today!