Knee decompression loosens the joint space between the bottom of the thigh bone and the top of the shin bone. A vacuum effect between the joint space expands, bringing more fluid to the area, which feeds healing for the tissue.
Treatment helps return the natural joint space to the knee for comfort and function, which can be felt in some cases after the first treatment.
Knee decompression can help many varieties of knee injury. Some knee injuries, including fractures, rips, or tears to knee tissue may call all for other treatments, like surgery or even joint replacement at times. Knee decompression is not the primary treatment for these conditions but could be a complementary treatment in cases where its advantages could promote healing.
How will the treatment be done?
Our chiropractic team are careful, professional, and compassionate when treating patients’ knees. Here is what you can expect during your knee decompression:
- An inflatable cuff will be placed below your knee
- A strap will then be draped over the top to relieve pressure and provide support around the upper calf
- Our therapist will customize the settings for our Knee on Trac machine based on your condition and the Trac will begin to slowly pump your leg back and forth
- With each repetition in a pumping action of your knee, you feel a slight separation of the joint as they pull it inwards and outwards, releasing tension after it is pulled away by gravity every time it is released from its opposite force (pulling movement).
The procedure is gentle and can sometimes even feel relaxing.
How knee decompression helps bring health back to the bone and the knee
Gently loosening the joint space brings back to the joint the blood and the body fluids naturally needed to be healthy. Knee decompression is seeking to provide conditions of alignment and flow. By doing this, the body can begin to heal itself by reintroducing the fluid needed within the joint.
How do some knee injuries cause parts of bones to die?
The technical term for this damage to the knee is osteonecrosis but just think of it as bone death. Description from the National Institutes of Health says, “the blood supply to part of a bone is disrupted, depriving bone tissue of essential nutrients and oxygen…in most cases, the repair mechanisms do not work, and the bone erodes…(from) damage to blood vessels.”
Blood vessel damage reduces or stops blood flow to the bone, and it begins to die. Blood and natural fluids in the knee are what bone tissue needs to be healthy. Reestablishing that blood flow through knee decompression is a key element for healing to begin.
It is helpful to recognize that this sort of ‘bone death’ is three times more common in women than men and can happen in elderly patients but also with younger, more active patients, too. To get these injuries, you do not have to be a hard athlete or an elderly, arthritic person. They can happen to anyone in daily activity.
What kinds of injuries might bring you these knee problems?
Your knee includes several distinct kinds of tissue which can be injured in separate ways. There are bones, ligaments, cartilage (the meniscus being one of them), fascia (flexible connective tissue which protects and connects), and fluid with muscles and tendons nearby, surrounding and helping the joint work.
Let’s consider a few common knee injuries and disorders along with the way DeBole Clinic Chiropractors can help with treatment by knee decompression:
DeBole Chiropractic can treat your acute (new to less than six weeks ago) sprains and strains with other highly effective measures. If you still have pain after six weeks, your knee may have been twisted which could benefit from knee decompression to release tight muscles and bring some healthy space back to that joint for healing.
Simple and complex meniscus tears
A meniscus cartilage tear happens when pressure is placed on the joint or if the joint is rotated in an unnatural way. An injury might come from a tackle on the field or a quick pivot on the court. It could also come from a quick turn and jolt while getting the groceries in from the car.
Cartilage can be torn to different degrees and may call for separate interventions. One helpful response can often be knee decompression where the patient may feel less pain and the meniscus may heal more quickly with the space and natural fluids it needs to get better.
Various other tears including Lateral or Medial collateral and ACL or PCL partial
You need the greatest comfort you can get during your recovery for these injuries with the pain addressed as effectively as possible. You also need optimal conditions for healing established for your knee and all its vital, moving parts. Knee decompression can often help and will often be combined with other effective and innovative therapies including Laser and Software.
Conditions other than injuries
Injuries to the knee aren’t the only occasions you could benefit from treatments like knee decompression. Here are a couple of those.
These are fluid-filled sacs that develop behind the knee, often triggered by other diseases such as arthritis or injuries like torn cartilage. These cysts respond well to decompression treatments which address the condition bringing on their formation in the first place.
Total knee replacement
You’ve obviously gone to your orthopedic surgeon if you have gotten a total knee replacement. Following surgery, you’ve been given a rehabilitation plan to get comfort and function back in using your knee. Yet, sometimes, patients have lost the ability to fully extend their knee joint. Physical therapy and knee decompression can be included in their recovery plan to stretch the knee ligaments and strengthen the muscles bringing the motion to the joint.
What about after my knee compression treatment - what will it feel like?
If the knee has experienced a good bit of damage, you may well feel a little soreness after the first few treatments. Usually, that goes away quickly. Ice after treatment helps keep swelling down, and knee tissues most often begin to regain their healthy function, so pain is replaced with recent activity.
Do you have knee pain, after an injury you know of, or from something you don’t?
It’s highly likely you could benefit from help diagnosing the source of this pain more specifically. For many reasons, you have an exceptionally good chance that DeBole chiropractic care – through knee decompression or other therapies – could help you on your way to healing. You could enjoy the reduction or elimination of pain. You could also benefit from active function returned to your knee joint and your life.
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