“Do Chiropractors see patients with knee problems?”

“Do Chiropractors see patients with knee pain?”

~Paula H.

Great question, Paula. The answer to it is yes, but it’s a little more complicated than that. This is because as a chiropractor, my main job is to find and correct subluxations.  Subluxations are a misalignment of two spinal bones that create pressure on the nerve coming off the spine at that level.

Having a subluxation can affect the way your body works in two ways:

1) Pressure on the nerve can affect the body’s ability to communicate between your brain and body thus affecting the way your body functions.


2) Because a subluxation is a joint not in it’s proper place, it can affect the way the joints above and below the subluxation move.

The body is a closed kinetic chain (a group of body segments connected by joints) so there is a possibility that spinal bones out of place can affect bones in joints such as the knees.  In other words, if one of the links in the (kinetic) chain are weak, it will affect other parts of the chain.  Those parts can affect other parts and so on.

Basically, people with knee pain should have a thorough examination of their knee as well as their spine to determine what may be the primary cause of the pain.  By seeing a chiropractor to address your subluxations, you could be setting into motion a change that could affect and improve your knee’s biomechanics or method of movement.  Not only could joint function improve with chiropractic care, but also the way your nervous system functions.  Chiropractors are also trained to find and correct postural issues that may be affecting the joints in your body as well.  So it all boils down to one thing; taking care of the “weakest link” of your kinetic change can really influence you in a positive way.

Yours in health,

Dr. Kristin Nuccio Smith, DC