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Knee Pain? You Should See a Chiro

If you have ever suffered a knee injury, you would be well aware that it feels like your knee never quite recovers.

Whether its lingering pain, loss of mobility, reduced function or general weakness, there is always a lasting symptom to remind you your knee just isn't quite up to scratch anymore. 

However, you do not have to decide to live with the pain, reduce your activity level, or start taking more pain medication to deal with your 'new' knee. 

We have reached out to leading chiropractor, Andrew Vincent from Andrew Vincent Chiropractic to explain how a chiropractor might help with knee pain and what happens during an initial consultation.

Andrew has been Director and Principal Chiropractor at Andrew Vincent Chiropractic for over 30 years and has led the way for the chiropractic industry as State President and National Representative of the Chiropractors' Association of Australia, Queensland Branch. 

Read on to see Andrew's insights and learn what goes on during a knee examination.

Andrew Vincent | Director and Principal Chiropractor at Andrew Chiropractor

Can you walk me through a knee examination?

Sure! Watch the video below and find out all that goes on in a knee (and leg) examination. 

What is the most common cause of knee pain?

Other than direct falls or hits, knee pain is usually a result of overloading the joint from an unusual angle with too many different movements or going beyond your muscle strength and moving with a poor technique…we have all headed off on our first run of the year and felt great…for about a kilometre…and then things go to custard!


Why should someone see a chiropractor if they have knee pain?

Chiropractors look at the knee as part of an overall structure, consisting of your back, pelvis, hips and feet.

Imbalances in the correct joint movement either in your feet or pelvis will change how muscles pull in your knee and could be painful.

So, rather than just managing a sore knee, a chiro will look for underlying causes in related areas…a bit like your mechanic checking your steering, wheel alignment and shock absorbers when you go there with a tyre that is wearing unusually.

What is your common treatment method for knee pain?

  • 1
    Pain relief is the first part of the plan.
  • 2
    Ice, stretch and reduced activity is first recommended, together with specific adjustments, or precise manipulation of the foot, ankle, knee or pelvis if these are found to be functioning unevenly.
  • 3
    Home advice on customised stretches together with pressure point work on muscles are taught for faster rehab.
  • 4
    Planned return to physical activity is then scheduled.

How important is stretching and strengthening exercises in your treatment methods?

Patients need to realise that nearly HALF of the results for knee pain recovery rely on doing your stretches and exercises. 

So how quickly you recover is really driven by commitment to home advice and actively modifying the way you do certain things that may be aggravating your problem.


Thanks Andrew. 

Stay tuned for another article from Andrew soon.  

In the meantime, if you have any questions regarding this interview, treatment of back pain or other health issues please do not hesitate to contact Andrew and the rest of the team by visiting the Andrew Vincent Chiropractic website.

Andrew Vincent Chiropractic offers massage and nutritional support alongside their chiropractic services to ensure a whole lifestyle change is possible. 



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How a Chiropractor Assesses Back Pain

Back pain features heavily on our website because it is such a common complaint from our clients. 

However, when it comes to dealing with your back injury, chiropractors can often be overlooked as a solution. 

We have reached out to leading chiropractor, Andrew Vincent from Andrew Vincent Chiropractic to explain what happens during a chiropractic appointment and how their services can help someone with back problems.

Andrew has been Director and Principal Chiropractor at Andrew Vincent Chiropractic for over 30 years and has led the way for the chiropractic industry as State President and National Representative of the Chiropractors' Association of Australia, Queensland Branch. 

Read on to see Andrew's insights and learn what goes on during a back examination.

Can you walk me through a back examination?

I can do one better and show you. Watch the video below where Dr Matthew Platz demonstrates what a typical back examination involves.

What things do you look for when you complete you initial evaluations of a patient?

Chiropractors look for different movement patterns in the back which may show how a patient has been guarding their painful back and set up stiff joints and imbalanced muscle in an attempt to keep working with their problem. They may have been putting up with a problem for weeks and only come to the chiro when their medication stops working, their sleep is affected, or their partner is worried that they are not improving.

Chiros assess the neck, back and pelvis for joint stiffness and compare the patient’s current movement patterns in comparison to normal movements that a young person should be able to do and decide on the actual underlying cause for a patient’s pain or dysfunction or reduced sporting performance.

How important is hip and knee mobility when someone has a troublesome back?

Chiros often see patients with back pain AS A RESULT OF guarding or adapting for a longer term hip or knee issue. The muscles that attach to the hip and knee often begin up at the pelvic area and begin to create stiffness and pain in the back when overworking to accommodate for a knee or hip issue.

Chiros work with hip, leg and knee problems as well to assist in settling the back issue.

What would be a typical treatment method for someone with lower back problems like the woman in the video?

Assuming that the problem is identified as restrictions or mechanical locking of key spinal joints, the treatment usually involves precise spinal manipulation and self-stretching at home to retrain spinal muscles and joints to move in efficient patterns. 

As symptoms improve and activities of daily living return to normal, increasingly challenging exercises are prescribed to help stabilise the spine and improve its capacity to do all that the patient wants to do. This differs from some other approaches that may give exercises earlier and may not allow the body to deal with the joint dysfunction part of the problem. Workplace advice such as desk set up and moving and exercise customisation completes the management plan.


Thanks Andrew

Stay tuned for another article from Andrew in January. 

In the meantime, if you have any questions regarding this interview, treatment of back pain or other health issues please do not hesitate to contact Andrew and the rest of the team by visiting the Andrew Vincent Chiropractic website.

Andrew Vincent Chiropractic offer massage and nutritional support alongside their chiropractic services to ensure a whole lifestyle change is possible.