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About Knee Pain and Stiffness

Knee Pain and Stiffness

The knee joint is a complicated hinge joint that joins the femur, the tibia, and the patella.The knee allows the lower leg to move relative to the thigh while still supporting the weight of the body. The knee joint is also comprised of many ligaments, which due to the nature of the structure, can become injured and painful.

Damage to Knee Ligaments

Ligamentous injuries of the knee can be to the Anterior Cruciate Ligament, or ACL, the Posterior Cruciate Ligament, or PCL, and the Medial and Lateral Collateral Ligaments, or the MCL, and LCL. The ACL is the most commonly injured knee ligament. It has the important function of connecting the shin bone to the thigh bone, being located at the front of the knee joint structure. An injury to the ACL can be very painful and limit functional capabilities significantly until it is properly treated both because of pain and instability.
Pain from an injured knee ligament will most likely be severe and happen immediately. Inability to put weight on the joint without pain is also a sign that there is a ligament injury.

Degenerative Arthritis

Rheumatoid Arthritis is a systemic disease of the immune system and the knee is one of the most common joints that this disease impacts. The synovium (the tissue that lines the inner surface of a joint capsule at the ends of the bones) thickens and produces excess joint fluid. The can cause swelling and damage to the cartilage in the joint.
Osteoarthritis can occur as a result of injury, overuse, postural issues and congenital deformities. The joint capsule should have a smooth, protective layer at the surface of the bones that allows for fluid motion. As the surfaces deteriorate, motion becomes impaired and joint deformity often arises.


A knee sprain is typically caused by overexertion, and is usually accompanied by pain, swelling, the inability to hold weight and a "popping sound" with very limited motion. Often sprains are resolved with ice and rest as well as compression, however it becomes important when weight bearing resumes to evaluate the extent of ligament damage as well as posture and gait changes that may affect other structures.

3 Steps to Improving Your Knee Pain and Stiffness


  My mother has been suffering from Rheumatoid Arthritis for a good part of her life and even though pain is a way of life for her, she'd always find ways to cope with it. Last month, however, she called me saying her knee pain was unbearable and she couldn't walk. I knew from my own experience with chiropractic care that MMT could possibly help with her knee pain, and I convinced her to go for it. The past three weeks have been intensive for her, but she followed all the directions and has her knee back to where she can do what she wants with very little pain.  

Eric Little

  My husband and I absolutely love running. Last month while participating in our first marathon, I injured my knee. It was a nightmare. I couldn't walk without pain, and the only recommendations given to me were medications and a shot. I panicked when I realized my favorite activity was in jeopardy. I decided to try motion therapy because it seemed to fit my goals. It's turned out to be a superb idea, because I am running again!  

Stephanie Clark

  I have long work hours and tend to sit for most of it. I developed an issue where when I'd get up my knee would lock and I could barely move. It was strange because there was no specific injury. A colleague recommended motion therapy, and I've been going for 2 months. I'm feeling way better, and I now have exercises that I can do at my desk that are keeping me moving.  

Simon Williams

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