Knee pain is likely the most common complaint among runners. In fact growing up and as I got more into running I always heard that running would caused advanced arthritis in the knees like it was a fact of life. This simply is not true.
I have mentioned in previous posts that MRI findings are not all that they are cracked up to be with aches and pains. You have people who have the same findings on MRI one with a lot of pain, one with no pain. The one who has a lot of pain can figure out how to move differently and their pain goes away, but the MRI finding will likely be the same (at least in the short term). My biggest problem is that the medical field perpetuates this behavior by electing surgery on these findings that may or may not be creating pain.
"But Doc, I felt it go, and when I see the chiro they put it back in and I hear it pop in to place. " is the normal response when I start explaining that backs don't go out. I would like to try to take a few minutes to explain what is happening when we suffer from acute back pain and why joint manipulations or adjustments might work. The human body is very complex, but I will try to lay this out as concisely as I can.
James is dedicated to helping the Portland area decrease pain and improve performance. He believes education is an important factor in solving your problems.