All About Knee Pain
Knee pain is another common problem people face. It can have many causes such as injuries or side effect from a medial condition. You can by physically restricted as the pain could be in a specific area of the knee or be diffused throughout. To know the underlying cause, you would need a diagnosis through physical examination and would be treated accordingly.
What exactly is knee pain?
It is pain that can originate from any part of the bony structure which compromises the knee joint made up by the bones: fibula, femur and tibia. It also can affect the patella (kneecap) or the ligaments and cartilage (meniscus) of the knee.
Doing exercise can aggravate the knee pain. It can also be triggered by a foot injury and the muscles surround the knee and their movements.
Symptoms and signs?
- Difficulty walking due to instability of the knee
- Limping due to discomfort
- Climbing up and down stairs
- Unable to bend the knee (locked knee)
- Redness and swelling
- Inability to extend the knee
- Shifting weight to the opposite knee and foot
What causes knee pain?
There are three categories that knee pain divided into:
- Broken bone
- Torn ligament
- Meniscal tear
Chronic use/overuse conditions
- Patellar syndromes
Some risk factors include:
- Biomechanics – a change in the movement of the joint, such as changing in walking style due to back problems, can cause subtle changes and cause pain and injuries.
- Excess weight – excess weight stresses on the knee joint.
- Overuse during repetitive motions - as are found during certain exercises (jogging, skiing) or work conditions (long periods of kneeling) can cause breakdown of cartilage and lead to pain.
The best way to cure knee pain is to avoid it! You can avoid it by doing the following:
- Maintain your weight
- Wear sensible shoes that fits well
- Do stretches as a warm up before exercising
- Do low-impact exercise
- Swim or walk
- Strength training exercises
- Don’t decrease activity or suddenly change the intensity of your exercise
- However, if you already have injured yourself and have knee pain then it is time to see a physiotherapist!
Here at Alpha, we provide a wide range of treatments that can accelerate your healing process through means of laser therapy, IFC, ultrasound and much more! You would also get customised exercises program to ensure you do not do anything to aggravate the pain but rather help you relieve pain!