Back Talk: Knee pain ... it might be your back?

By Dr. Layne Towery
June 10, 2014 at 1:10 a.m.

I am a 66-year-old female with a long history of back and neck problems. I have been in several bad car accidents. I have recently started having a lot of pain in the back of my left knee. Then my calf and back of my leg feels tight and sore. This all started after some gardening. Should I get X-rays or an MRI of my back and knee? Can chiropractic or acupuncture help with the above conditions? Does medicare pay for these treatments? How about using ice or heat?

The first thing you need to do is get diagnosed properly. A consultation needs to be done to address your history. The next thing you need is a thorough examination of your back and knee to get to the root of your problem. At that time, the chiropractor will determine whether you need any further diagnostic testing.

Your should always start with X-rays first. See what they show and then consider MRIs if needed. If you do not have a specific injury to the knee, more than likely it is your back causing your knee pain. Remember, chiropractors are specialists at musculoskeletal conditions, so you're in good hands.

When you have pain you almost always have swelling and inflammation, so ice is the first choice. Medicare and most insurances pay for chiropractic care but not acupuncture. Good luck, and thanks for your question.

I frequently get a crick in my neck that lasts for several weeks. I get frequent headaches and get spasms in my upper back. I want to try acupuncture, but I am terrified of needles. How many needles would you use for a typical neck treatment. Do the needles hurt?

Most of the time, for someone with neck and upper back pain I will use eight to 10 needles. The acupuncture needles are extremely small (36 gauge) and most people say they do not even feel them. I also use painless laser on some patients.

Several years ago when my son was having serious stomach problems, he asked me to do acupuncture on him. He was 9 years old at the time. He never flinched. After only one treatment, my son rarely ever complained of his stomach bothering him.

Layne Towery is a Victoria Chiropractor and Acupuncturist and can be reached at or 361-570-6284.



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