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Pregnancy and Knee Pain
Dear Dr. Caraotta,
I am pregnant and am having problems with my knees. I have difficulty climbing up stairs, and walking very long. I gained 35 pounds so far, and am in my seventh month of pregnancy. Could the weight gain have anything to do with the pain and could chiropractic help this?
Dr. Caraotta's Response
The knee is a dependent joint and is very sensitive to stresses that are exerted upon it. There are many individuals who gain excessive weight in pregnancy, and have minimal problems with their knees. Other individuals with little weight gain may have knee problems. What accounts for the difference? There are many factors to consider. Lets discuss a few.
Since we are trained in our specialties to rehabilitate patients without the use of medication and surgery, we often get referrals from other physicians to aid pregnant patients with knee problems along with a myriad of musculoskeletal problems, including pregnancy induced carpal tunnel syndrome and upper and lower back pain.