Are you suffering from knee pain?
Find out what’s causing it and which treatment is best for your condition.
Knee pain is a common problem that affects people of all ages. It is usually the result of overusing the knee, or an injury such as ruptured ligament or torn cartilage, or by an underlying condition. Treatment may vary depending on the cause. Pain caused by an accident is usually temporary. Chronic pain rarely goes away without any treatment and is categorized by long-term pain, swelling, or sensitivity in one or both knees.
Who is at risk of knee pain?
People most likely to experience knee pain are those who are overweight and obese, or those who are into sports. The knee joint is prone to damage and pain because it takes the full weight of the body and any extra force when you run or jump. Other factors that may contribute to knee pain include:
- Advanced age
- Previous injury or trauma
- Strenuous activities
- Lack of muscle flexibility or strength
What causes knee pain?
Causes of knee pain can be an injury, overuse of the knee, or a medical condition.
A knee injury can affect the ligaments, tendons, or the fluid-filled sacs surrounding the bones, cartilage and ligaments that form the joint. A knee injury can also be a broken bone. Any type of injury needs immediate medical attention.
Overuse conditions includes inflammation of tendons caused by jumping activities such as in sports, inflammation of the fluid-filled sacs caused by repetitive movement of the knee or kneeling for long periods of time, Iliotibial band syndrome (ITBS) that usually affects distance runners, and simple sprain and strains through active use. Sprain and strains mean that the knee tissues have stretched but are not permanently damaged. Osteoarthritis is also a wear-and-tear condition that occurs when the cartilage in the knee deteriorates with use and age.
Other conditions that causes the knee pain include: Rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune condition that affects any joint of the body, including the knees; Septic arthritis, which occurs when there is infection in the knee; Gout, a type of arthritis that occurs when uric acid crystals build up in the joint; and Pseudogout, which is caused by calcium-containing crystals that develop in the joint fluid.
Why should you seek medical help?
Pain can be localized in a specific area of the knee or it can spread throughout the knee. When there is a torn tissue or bone fracture, the pain is only in a specific location. If there is an infection or inflammation, the entire knee will be painful and swollen. Treatment for knee pain varies depending on the type of condition.
Knee pain can lead to increasing pain, joint damage, complications, and disability if left untreated.
The symptoms and severity of pain may vary depending on the cause. Other findings that accompany knee pain include:
- Swelling and redness
- Popping or crunching noises
- Weakness and instability
- Difficulty walking
- Unable to bend and extend the knee
- Can’t bear weight on the knee
- Numbness or tingling sensation
If you’d like to see how Advanced Health and Wellness Center can help you end knee pain for good, we recommend sheduling an evaluation today! We’ll create a customized solutions to eliminate knee pain and get you back to your normal routines.
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