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Pain Behind the Knee

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Dr. Dan Levesque, DC
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     Many patients suffer with pain behind the knee, however may get suckered into an unnecessary surgery if they’re not careful. In many cases benign, asymptomatic Baker’s Cysts are incorrectly blamed for pain in back of the knee. A Baker’s Cyst is a fluid filled sac that develops behind the knee. It’s considered benign but sometimes grow to the size of a large marble. Rarely do they get large enough to cause pain or range of motion problems, but when they do, a not-so-simple surgery is recommended. When the knee pain is coming from the Baker’s Cyst, surgery may be the only option. However to make things confusing, there are several other causes of pain behind the knee, other than a Baker’s Cyst. These include misalignments of the knee joint, neuritis and even degenerative arthritis.

     In many cases a Baker’s Cyst may show positive tests on x-ray/exam however is asymptomatic, particularly when the pain behind the knee is caused by a neuritis. A neuritis is an inflammation of a peripheral nerve. This commonly occurs when nerves are pinched from spinal misalignments. Neuritis causing pain behind the knee is encountered frequently in chiropractic and patients respond well. Beware of the traditional medical approach that rarely rules out pinched nerve causes, your Baker’s cyst removal surgery may be unnecessary! If you have knee pain behind the joint, the best place to start with is a good chiropractor who has experience in extremities. At Solutions, our chiropractors are not only well-versed in correcting knee misalignments but also very experienced in recognizing and treating neuritis spinal conditions. Combined with state of the art regenerative medicine and comprehensive rehab, we also have excellent results for posterior knee pain caused by degenerative osteoarthritis.


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