So you’re curious about dry needling for lateral knee pain? Dry needling is becoming popular with chiropractors and physical therapists for all sorts of orthopedic injuries. One of the reasons dry needling is recently popular is because it works well to relieve pain in so many areas, and the lateral knee is one of these areas. Let’s cover some of the details regarding dry needling for lateral knee pain like…
- What’s causes lateral knee pain in the first place?
- What is a typical dry needling for lateral knee pain treatment like anyways?
- Where can I find dry needling near me for lateral knee pain?
Just a quick note! If you’re having medial knee pain (pain on the inside of your knee) see this content on the subject –> Dry Needling for Medial Knee Pain
What causes lateral knee pain?
If you’re here, I’m assuming you know what lateral knee pain is. But, for those who don’t, lateral knee pain just means pain on the outside of the knee. Lateral knee pain is specific, and this makes it easier to determine what’s causing it.
A quick disclaimer – If you’re having lateral knee pain don’t try and self-diagnose what’s causing it. Making a good determination on the cause (diagnosis) is a very important step, and you shouldn’t guess. Make sure you see someone who will properly examine you. That could be me, another chiropractor, a physical therapist, or an orthopedic MD.
The common causes of lateral knee pain as follows:
- Lateral collateral ligament (LCL) sprain
- Meniscus irritation or tear
- Iliotibial band (ITB) syndrome
Of course, there are other causes of lateral knee pain, but for the purpose of our discussion, we will keep it at these three. They’re the most common causes and ones that you’re going to treat without surgery most of the time.
Is knee osteoarthritis the cause of your lateral knee pain? See this content I wrote about acupuncture for knee osteoarthritis –> Acupuncture for Knee Osteoarthritis
A little more about these causes of lateral knee pain
- Lateral collateral ligament (LCL) sprain is when you have some degree of tear in the main supporting ligament on the outside of your knee. This ligament provides support to the outside of your knee and is one of the structures that prevent your knee from collapsing outwards. LCL sprains are graded based on severity from minor trauma to a complete tear of the LCL which may cause instability in your knee.
- Meniscus irritation or tear is when you damage the meniscus, a cartilaginous structure between your upper leg and lower leg that keeps your knee in place. These are classified based on how and where they tear. A knee meniscus can tear can be minor, or major to where it restricts you from bending your knee.
- Iliotibial band (ITB) syndrome is when your ITB is irritated on the outside of your knee. Your ITB runs from your hip all the way down the side of your leg and across your knee. Think of it as a long, thin, and wide tendon made out of the dense and fiber-like tissue type. If you’ve got weird hip stuff going on you can get ITB syndrome.
What is a typical dry needling for lateral knee pain treatment like anyways?
A typical dry needling for lateral knee pain treatment may be a bit different than you think, actually. There aren’t a lot of muscle bellies to need right at the knee really, although there are a few small muscles at the back of the knee. Most dry needling for lateral knee pain is going to be above and below the knee.
If you want a detailed list of the muscles I needle in knee pain, pop over and check out what I wrote in –> Dry Needling for Knee Pain Explained
My dry needling treatments for knee pain last roughly 30 minutes. That doesn’t mean I’m needling for 30 minutes straight. We’ll talk about how it’s feeling right now, discuss the home exercise program I made for you, and maybe even do some supportive therapies to help it feel better faster.
Our main goal of dry needling for lateral knee pain is to reduce myofascial trigger points that are either causing pain or contributing to the reason that you have pain. We’ll get into those areas and inhibit that trigger point contraction and referral. If you’re not exactly sure what myofascial trigger points are, I discuss them and their relationship to knee pain here –> Dry Needling for Knee Pain
Where can I find dry needling near me for knee pain?
If you’re looking for dry needling in Cary then I’m here to help. I’ve treated lateral knee pain since I started my career, and used dry needling for lateral knee pain for the last two years. I’m also trained in classical acupuncture, so I have a lot of experience in needling. If you’re looking for dry needling in Apex or dry needling in Raleigh, my office is a short drive away. If you’re not in the triangle area, make sure you find someone who will give you a comprehensive treatment. It may be a chiropractor, it may be a physical therapist, or it may be someone else. I’d advise you to stay away from a practitioner who just does dry needling without combining other treatments or advice. Dry needling can help with lateral knee pain, but using a comprehensive treatment approach will get your feeling better even faster.
Dr. Jason Williams DC is a chiropractic physician practicing at AccessHealth Chiropractic in Cary, NC. He treats neuromusculoskeletal pain and injuries using chiropractic manipulation, dry needling, acupuncture, rehab exercise strategies, and other supportive therapies. Primary areas of focus include back pain, neck pain, muscular pain, extremity pain, and orthopedic injuries. Dr. Williams is experienced in treating athletes, especially those in the CrossFit, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, and MMA community.
If you’re interested in whether he or another AccessHealth provider can help you, navigate to our contact page or follow this link to request an appointment.