Dr. Douglass Toth
1223 College Ave, Suite 100
Santa Rosa, CA

Knee Pain


Pain and injury related to the knee joint can result from sudden trauma, more gradual strain over time or even degenerative changes in the bone and cartilage.  The knee joint contains a unique structure called the meniscus which acts as extra shock absorption and additional protection against wear and tear over time.  It’s also one of the few joints that actually possess stabilizing ligaments within the joint capsule itself, they are called the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) and Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL). The patellar bone also forms a pseudo-joint over the top of the knee joint which can cause problems as well.  Some common conditions related to the knee are:

  • ITB Syndrome
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Shin Splints
  • Meniscus Tear
  • Bursitis
  • Patellar Tracking Disorder
  • Tendonitis
  • Ligament Tear
  • Osgood Schlatter Disease

Other conditions that affect the knee but are not treated with chiropractic may include a blood clot or baker cyst behind the knee joint.  These both can cause swelling and tenderness along with stiffness while walking or moving through a range of motion.


The knee requires proper biomechanics in order to glide smoothly during gait. Alignment of the knee joint and symmetry in the muscles that stabilize the knee are essential for maintaining this biomechanical integrity.  Chiropractic adjustments, trigger point release therapy, stretches and strengthening exercises with other home therapies aim to recondition the knee joint.  Assessing the foot, hip and pelvis for imbalances that may be affecting the knee are also an important part of a thorough approach to treatment.


What is causing my knee pain?

Knee pain can result from an injury, age-related degeneration, or medical conditions such as arthritis, infections, and gouts. To ascertain the exact cause of your knee pain, your doctor will ask you some questions and run some tests.

When should I worry about knee pain?

You should be seriously concerned if:

➢ Pain is accompanied by significant redness, tenderness, swelling, and warmth

➢ You are unable to put weight on the affected knee

➢ You are unable to flex or fully extend your knee

What is the treatment for knee pain?

Your doctor may recommend home remedies for knee pain. They may prescribe NSAIDs or pain relief. If your condition does not improve, your specialist may recommend physical therapy.

If you are experiencing severe pain, your doctor may inject medications directly into your knee. If nothing works or you have a severe injury, your doctor will recommend surgery.

What is the best exercise for knee pain?

Some effective knee pain exercises include hamstring curls, straight leg raises, wall squats, step-ups, leg presses, and calf raises.

How can I get rid of knee pain fast?

Follow these tips to get rid of knee pain fast.

➢ Perform stretching exercises

➢ Take pain relievers

➢ Apply an ice or cold pack to the knee at least three times a day for as long as you have inflammation, soreness, and pain

➢ Wear a compression bandage. Make sure you choose the right bandage (should be lightweight, breathable, and self-adhesive)

➢ Elevate the affected leg

What can cause knee pain without injury?

Some common causes of non-trauma-related knee pain include tendonitis, arthritis, bursitis, and aging-related degeneration.

What can I do to relieve knee pain?

Some ways to help alleviate knee pain are:


➢ Apply ice to the affected knee

➢ Wear a compression bandage

➢ Give the affected knee some rest

➢ Use RICE (Rest, Ice Compression, and Elevation)

➢ Take NSAIDs

How do I know if my knee pain is serious?

Your knee pain is serious if you notice any of the following:

➢ Inability to bear weight on the affected knee

➢ Inability to fully extend or flex the affected knee

➢ Acute swelling of the knee

➢ Deformity of the knee or leg

➢ Redness or swelling in the affected knee

What is knee pain?

Knee pain refers to any aching or pain in and around the knee. Some common causes of knee pain include: injury, overuse, age-related degeneration, and repeated stress on the knee. Knee pain may or may not indicate the presence of an underlying issue.