What’s the first part of the body that comes to mind when you think of chiropractic treatment? Obviously, it’s the spine. This is the area of focus for most chiropractic treatment sessions, and it makes perfect sense when you think about it. Even if pain, stiffness or other symptoms are actually being experienced in other parts of the body, the spine is still at the center of the treatment.
Why? Because imbalances in the spine can easily lead to imbalances in other parts of the body. When the spine is out of alignment, or there is nerve pressure as a result of spinal problems, the symptoms can manifest virtually anywhere.
So what about problems in the knees, ankles and feet? According the reasoning above, these lower areas of the body can definitely be treated by a chiropractor — at least in certain situations.
An accurate medical diagnosis can certainly make it easier for your chiropractor to know whether treatment is an option, and what that treatment will look like. But for many situations in the knee, ankle and foot, it’s difficult to receive an accurate diagnosis. People often have complaints in these areas of the body — whether soreness, stiffness or even sharp pain — without knowing the exact cause.
It’s also possible that you’ve had a specific injury to these areas, whether recent or not. You should feel confident, when you visit a chiropractor, that the practitioner won’t perform any adjustments or treatments that run counter to your medical situation. Even if you don’t know exactly what’s going on with your knee, ankle or foot — you should feel confident asking a chiropractor for insight and treatment.
There are many situations in which chiropractic treatment can relieve pain, stiffness, or other symptoms in the lower extremities. Again, it all comes down to the interconnectivity of the body and nervous system — but it’s not all about spinal adjustments. Chiropractors are trained to identify and directly treat misalignments in the knees, ankles and feet. The joints, bones and ligaments in these areas may be out of balance, and specific adjustments can put things back in order. The important thing is to have a realistic assessment from your chiropractor, and to know what to expect in the course of treatment. In some cases, this type of problem is minor and can be largely solved with one or two office visits. Other symptoms in this part of the body will require more work.
Choosing the right practitioner
People often wonder whether chiropractic treatment is going to work out for them, and this is a very important question to ask. One useful reminder is that not all chiropractors are the same — in the same way not all doctors are the same. As long as you focus on finding a really skilled and reputable practitioner, you’ll receive the best possible guidance from the first consultation onward. You’ll find out quickly whether chiropractic can help your knee, ankle or foot problems — and what you can realistically expect in terms of results.