Knee pain is a common complaint for many patients and is often associated with wear and tear from daily activities such as bending, standing too long, lifting incorrectly, and even walking. Athletes and those who have occupations that require heavy lifting are more prone to developing knee pain and problems.
The most common causes of knee pain are related to aging, injury, or repeated stress on the knee joint. The source of knee pain can be a little difficult to determine sometimes as there are a variety of components that make up your knee and its ability to function properly. Due to its complex nature, it is important to seek a professional diagnosis if regular rest and over-the-counter medication do not offer you any pain relief.
Common knee problems include:
- Sprain or strained knee ligaments and/ or muscles: A sprain or strained knee ligament or muscle is usually caused by an injury to the knee or a sudden twist of the knee. This can include cartilage tears which may need surgery if braces and rest do not relieve symptoms. Common symptoms of a sprain or strained knee include pain, swelling, and difficulty walking.
- Tendonitis: Inflammation of tendons can be due to an overuse of a tendon during certain activities such as running, jumping, or cycling. It is a common injury in athletes.
- Arthritis: Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis that affects the knee. It is a degenerative process where the cartilage in the joint gradually wears away. It is more common in middle-aged and older people. Rheumatoid arthritis can also affect the knees and cause the joint to become even more inflamed.
Regardless of the reason why you may be suffering from knee pain, we understand that pain, especially if chronic, can severely impact the quality of a person’s life making even normal day-to-day activities difficult. Often people with knee pain suffer from other conditions such as a decrease in joint mobility and muscle weakness.
For more information please contact New Medical Center .