Cedar Rapids Knee Pain Help


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!

Knee Pain In Cedar Rapids

Are your knees bugging you?

If so, here is what you should know:
• Knee pain is estimated to affect upwards of 25% of the population
• Knee pain is most often caused by overuse
• Knee replacement surgeries are on the rise!
• You do not HAVE to live with knee pain!

Most think that as we age aches and pains are normal. Knee pain can be added to this list! As mentioned, knee pain is most often caused by overuse. There are 2 consequences of overuse in the body; adhesion and degeneration.

1. Adhesion. Adhesion is the primary result of overuse. It acts like glue on soft tissues to make joints weaker and less flexible. Adhesion is the most common, most misdiagnosed, and most mistreated condition in human body. Fixing adhesion restores range of motion, increases strength, and eliminates pain.

2. Degeneration. Degeneration (think arthritis) gets most of the attention. Unfortunately, adhesion precedes degeneration and ultimately leads to faster and further progress of the degeneration in the joint. If your doctor has told you have arthritis there is nearly a 100% chance you also have adhesion! Fixing adhesion will not only improve joint function but slows the progression of your degeneration!

If you can’t tell from the above, adhesion and fixing adhesion is a very, big deal! Fortunately, if you have knee pain there is a simple test you can do at home to check for it!

To start the test, stand upright. Grab your ankle and attempt to pull the heel into butt. Make sure that the thigh being tested is inline with opposite leg and has not moved in front of it. If you cannot pull the heel to your butt, or if pain is present you have failed the test. Adhesion is the most likely result. I am guessing if you have knee pain most of you out there that tried the test did not do so well! This puts you at a much higher risk for future degeneration, cartilage damage, and other major knee injuries.

The heel approximates just short of the butt. This is a failed test and you should seek help!
The heel approximates just short of the butt. This is a failed test.

The good news? We can help!

The doctors at Thrive Spine and Sport are experts at finding and fixing adhesion. We are the most experienced office in the state of Iowa to deal with this issue! By performing specific bio mechanical tests to check function and correlate your prior history and other relevant findings during the exam we can determine your level of success from our treatment.

If you or someone you know is currently suffering with knee pain, we encourage you to call our office today at 319-423-0925 or go to www.thrivespineandsport.com/appointment-request to schedule an appointment today!

Thanks for reading!