Valerie Harper, Dancing With The Stars contestant, talks about how chiropractic helped her knee pain.
Valerie Harper, for those of us who remember shows such as the Dick Van Dyke show, and star of stage and screen, and recently was featured on Dancing With The Stars. With that adventure came knee pain, after she had a partial knee replacement on that same knee, after fighting cancer.
She began using a chiropractor in California who specialized in myofascial release treatment and rehab and found the treatment to be extremely effective. Was the problem with the knee, or was the surrounding tissues of the knee the source of pain? Read the article to find out. We help many people with knee pain in a similar fashion at a lower per visit cost than her doctor in California. Check it out here
Valerie Harper talks knee pain treatment
LOS ANGELES (KABC) — Nagging knee pain may not seem like a big deal in the scope of actress Valerie Harper’s life, but it’s a condition that can certainly derail a competitive dancer.
We know she’s battling brain cancer, but you may not know she’s also been struggling with chronic knee pain for years. As a contestant on season 17 of “Dancing With the Stars,” Harper practices around the clock.
“I’m 74, the knees are there for 74, and they are not used this 4, 5,6 hours a day rehearsal,” said Harper.
Harper says she’s already had a partial knee replacement in that knee, but the wear and tear is taking its toll.
“These last two weeks, I guess I was stomping, doing the Paso Doble and being Spanish, and it just started to hurt,” said Harper.
An MRI at the DISC Sports & Spine Center revealed not only osteoarthritis, but that Harper has a meniscus tear. An injury to the rubbery disc that cushions your knee is common, but it gets easier to tear as you age.
“Valerie’s dancing five hours a day, the day before, the day of, the day after, every day, so we can’t cause undue fatigue,” said Dr. Joseph Horrigan, a chiropractor who specializes in treating athletic injuries.
Horrigan says many times small meniscus tears aren’t the source of pain, so he concentrates his therapy on the rest of the leg.
“Keeping a joint mobile is very important and there are many ways to keep a joint mobile,” he said.
The technique is called soft tissue mobilization. The goal is to lengthen tight muscles, break up stiff or scarred tissue and reduce inflammation.