Likely Causes of Knee Pain
Knee pain affects tens of millions of Americans. Over 3 million people per year are diagnosed with some form of knee pain or injury. Fortunately, most of the conditions can be treated, provided that they are caught in time by a doctor. If your knees are “acting up” there’s a good chance it could be one or more of the following conditions:
The CDC reports that over ½ of Americans will, at some point in their life, experience knee osteoarthritis. This type of arthritis occurs when flexible tissue at the ends of your knee bone wears down. It is a degenerative disease, meaning that it only gets worse as time goes by. You should see a doctor if you suffer from anyone of the following symptoms:
- Pain in just one knee
- Intermittent knee pain that gets worse over time
- Knee swelling
- Locking knee that gives out
Inside your knee there is a thin, fluid-filled sac. Its job is to protect the join. When this sac becomes inflamed or infected, it’s called “Bursitis”. The symptoms of Bursitis are somewhat similar to osteoarthritis, but with a few differences:
- Redness or warmth of the knee
- Tenderness when pressure is applied
- Swollen region that is “squishy” when touched
- Illness or fever (sign of infection)
In this condition, your immune system attacks your joints and causes inflammation. There is a good chance that if your knees are affected, your feet and hands are affected and inflamed as well. The disease affects all of your joints and can cause the following symptoms:
- Stiffness in the morning
- Swollen, red, or warm to the touch knees
- Inflammation and pain in the knee area
There are many things that can cause a knee injury. Car accidents, slips and falls, prior sports injury, or just accidentally banging your knee into home furniture can cause all sorts of aches and pains.
Knee injuries damage muscles, tendons, ligaments and cartilage of the knee. You can experience sever pain if these tissues are injured or over-used. There are several common knee injuries such as:
- ACL (a tear in the anterior cruciate ligament)
- “Jumper’s knee” (patellar tendon injury)
- Damage to the kneecap/femur and tendon (aka “runner’s knee”)
- Meniscus (tears in the pad of cartilage)
There is a good chance that at some point in your life, you will experience knee pain. It is not a very pleasant experience and the pain can severely degrade the quality of your life as well as your mobility.
If you suffer from one or more of the above conditions, get to a doctor as soon as possible. There is a very good chance that the condition can be reversed if treated early enough. If you wait too long then you might have to undergo painful and expensive surgery (at best) or your injury might degrade to the point where it is untreatable (at worst).