My knees are painful and occasionally numb, and driving in traffic aggravates the situation. How to treat this?

Q. What might cause knee numbness and pain to worsen when driving in traffic?

Answered by
James F. Geiselman
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Aug 29, 2023

Hello doctor,

My knees are an issue for me; they become exhausted and even numb, which is uncomfortable. Driving through traffic makes things worse. Kindly help.



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I read your query and can understand your concern.

Without knowing anything other than the pain that bothers you while driving in traffic, I can only tell you what I would do if you were my patient. Based on age, it may be arthritis. I cannot rule out meniscus or ligamentous injury without knowing a history of trauma. If you were my patient, I would perform a chiropractic examination and recommend chiropractic adjustments. Since you are not my patient, I recommend you return to a local chiropractor for treatment and proper care. Once they perform an examination, your chiropractor may want to order X-rays to confirm a diagnosis. Still, I suspect they will recommend a trial of care to see how you respond to supervision. Until then, ice may help with some of your pain. Ensure you ice for 20 minutes and then take it off for at least 40 minutes. Repeat this as needed for pain relief until you can see a chiropractor.

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Thank you and take care.


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