June 19, 2024

Sprained Your Knee? How Chiropractors Can Help With Recovery

lower body part of a woman with sprained knee, wearing black tights, lying down, knees bended, while a chiropractor is working on it

Knee injuries are prevalent, and a sprained knee is one such injury. A sprained knee can be extremely painful and can limit your mobility. The good news is that you can get relief from a chiropractor. In this blog, We'll go over what a sprained knee is, how to tell if you have one, and how a chiropractor can help.

What is a Sprained Knee?

A sprained knee is an injury to the ligaments that connect the knee bones. It can occur due to a sudden twist or tear of the ligaments, resulting in pain, swelling, and instability. It can range from mild to severe, depending on how much damage has been done to the ligaments. If left untreated, a knee sprain can lead to chronic knee pain and instability[1].

How Do You Know Your Knee is Sprained?

The most common symptom of a sprained knee is pain. You may also experience the following[2]:

  • Swelling and tenderness around the area.
  • Instability or a popping sensation when you move your knee. 
  • Difficulty walking or putting weight on your leg.

How Can a Chiropractor Help?

A chiropractor can provide relief for a sprained knee through a variety of treatments. These include[3]:

  • Manual manipulation, also known as chiropractic adjustments, uses controlled and precise force to realign the joints of the body to reduce swelling and inflammation, which will help reduce pain and improve mobility.  

  • Soft tissue therapy reduces pain and stiffness using various manual techniques, such as massage and joint mobilization which improves mobility and range of motion, and reduces the risk of further injury. Additionally, a chiropractor can guide on strengthening and stretching exercises to help promote healing and prevent further injury.  

  • Rehabilitation exercises such as range-of-motion exercises to help improve mobility and strength, and balance and proprioception exercises to help improve coordination and stability. This will help restore the knee's normal function and reduce the risk of future injury.

What You Can Expect From Chiropractic Care?

Chiropractic care can help reduce pain, improve mobility, and reduce the risk of injury. After an initial assessment, your chiropractor will create a treatment plan that is tailored to your individual needs. This may include manual manipulation, soft tissue therapy, and rehabilitation exercises. After a few weeks of treatment, you can expect to experience reduced pain, improved mobility, and a decreased risk of future injury[4].  

Final Thoughts

A sprained knee can be a severe and debilitating injury. Fortunately, chiropractic care can help with pain management, mobility enhancement, and injury prevention. If you are experiencing knee pain, it is essential to seek medical attention as soon as possible. A chiropractor at ATLAS can provide relief and help you regain full knee function.

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1. Rosenthal, M. (2016). ‘Knee sprains: Symptoms and treatment’. Available at: <> [Accessed 07 December 2022].

2. Zuckerman, J. (2018). ‘How chiropractic care helps heal a sprained knee’. Available at: <> [Accessed 07 December 2022].

3. American Chiropractic Association. (2021). ‘Sprained knee. American Chiropractic Association’. Available at: <> [ Accessed 07 December 2022].

4. Bicos, J. (2020). ‘Sprained knee: Treatment and rehabilitation’. Available at: <> [Accessed 07 December 2022].

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