At Barfield Chiropractic, we often treat people with knee pain with chiropractic care. Often times, we see patients who initially believed that they could treat their pain with painkillers, and that they would eventually feel better. Flash forward months later, and there is no improvement in their pain. If you are experiencing knee pain, come in for an appointment with our Murfreesboro chiropractor, and we will help assess the cause of your pain, and how it can be treated. In the meantime, in this blog, we will go over the most common causes of knee pain.


Arthritis is the most common cause of knee joint problems, and can also affect the muscles, ligaments, and tendons. The most common arthritis that occurs in the knee is osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is caused by the degradation of the joint’s cartilage. Knee arthritis is sometimes caused by deformities, but is most commonly caused by obesity or repeated stress injuries from athletics. Symptoms of arthritis are painful, swollen, stiff, or locking joints.

Injuries to the Cartilage

Injuries to the kneecap cartilage are particularly common among certain athletes due to the nature of their sports. This is most often a problem in soccer players, skiers, cyclists, and runners.

Iliotibial Band Syndrome

Iliotibial Band Syndrome is a very common overuse injury, particularly with runners. The iliotibial band is a ligament on the outside of the thigh that goes from the hip to the shin. When it becomes inflamed or tight, it can limit the range of motion of the knee, and can cause pain, aching, or a burning sensation.

Injuries to the Ligaments

The cruciate ligaments, the ACL and the PCL, can cause quite a bit of pain when injured. They may become sprained, or the ACL could be torn in contact sports or automobile accidents. The medial collateral ligaments are usually injured by a blow to the outside of the knee, resulting in a tear on the inside of the knee. These injuries are very common in football and hockey. You can often tell it is a ligament injury based on the popping sound that accompanies the injury.

Osgood-Schlatter Disease

Osgood-Schlatter Disease is caused by repeated stress on the upper tibia, causing the soft tissues surrounding the tendon that is attached to the tibia to become inflamed and painful. This is particularly common in sports that require jumping or running frequently.

Injuries to the Tendons

Injuries to the knee tendons can be caused by a variety of things. Tendonitis, a ruptured tendon, a torn tendon, or overuse can all contribute to knee tendon pain.

Injuries to the Meniscus

The meniscus can be torn when the upper leg is quickly twisted, or from repetitive knee rotations with added weight.

Referred Pain

Pain from other surrounding areas in the body can cause referred pain in the knee. For example, nerve compression in the pelvis may cause pain to refer to the knee.

Regardless of the cause of your knee pain, you can trust Barfield Chiropractic to help you. Contact our chiropractic office in Murfreesboro for an appointment today!