Knee Pain – Causes, Prevention & Treatment
Once affected by knee pain,
Becomes difficult to gain independence again.
Yes, this is a common myth which comes free with knee pain. But to shun these myths, one has to know the causes, preventative measures, and treatments of knee pain at first to get back the normalcy of life.
Due to the sedentary lifestyle, we shut eyes to our health getting adversely affected which includes the condition of our knees too. Identify the causes and prevent knee pain from befalling.
This blog intends to shed light upon the causes of knee pain so that the appropriate preventative measures and treatments can be taken well in time.
So, let’s begin with this discussion.
CAUSES OF KNEE PAIN
Whatsoever the reason may be, injury can cause damage to the ligaments, tendons or fluid-filled sacs that surround the knee joint. Some of the common injuries affecting knees are:
This injury happens commonly to those who are involved in some sort of sports such as basketball, soccer, or any other sports which require continuous changes in direction while playing. Tearing of Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) which is one of the ligaments that connect your shinbone to thighbone.
Due to accidents or falls, the bones of the knees can break including the kneecap. In some cases, due to osteoporosis, the bones become weak and thus become more vulnerable to fractures. This may take time to heal and may also lead to permanent knee pain especially in the case of elderly people.
The meniscus is a thin cartilage between shinbone and thighbone. On suddenly twisting your knee while you are carrying some weight, it can be torn. As a result, one has a bad time dealing with knee pain.
Irritation or inflammation of tendons is Tendinitis. This problem is faced by people who are runners, cyclists or in jumping sports. Patellar tendon, which is the connection between the quadriceps muscles on the front of the thigh to the shinbone also gets affected.
Some mechanical problems may cause knee pain. These problems are:
The bone that covers the front of your knee slips out of the place. This dislocation can sometimes be seen and surely creates knee pain.
Hip or foot pain:
One who is suffering from hip or foot pain generally changes the way he walks. As a result, it causes more stress upon the knees which can, in some extreme cases, make knee pain your constant companion.
There are not one but many forms of arthritis which are likely to affect the knees. These are:
This is the most common form of arthritis affecting lives. It occurs due to wear and tear of the protective cartilage on the ends of the bones with time. The joints start hurting during movement.
It is an autoimmune disease that causes joint pain and affects the lining of the joints. Pain worsens after rest.
Knees are a soft target of this form of arthritis. Due to calcium-containing crystals that develop in the joint fluid, the health of the knees begins to deteriorate.
PREVENTATIVE MEASURES FOR KNEE PAIN
KEEP A CHECK ON YOUR WEIGHT:
Don’t let your weight overpower the health of your knees. Maintain a good weight as every extra pound shall increase the pressure on the knees.
Exercising regularly is what makes one fit and active. Opting for the right kind of exercise to decrease knee pain and for building muscles in the quadriceps leads to delivery of great results. Strength training and hamstrings are beneficial to keep knee pain at bay.
WEAR PROPER SHOES:
To maintain proper alignment and balance, one should wear comfy shoes which are capable of taking pressure off the knee joints. Wearing high heels is not a good option to ensure the better health of knee joints.
RIGHT BODY POSTURE:
Standing straight is what saves you from knee pain. On the contrary, if you lean forward or walk bent then you tend to develop the probability of knee pain. So always take notice of your body posture.
TREATMENTS FOR KNEE PAIN
JOINT REPLACEMENT or ARTHROPLASTY
is a surgical procedure which involves replacement of the affected part of the knee with the artificial part known as Prostheses. This procedure has set free many lives by relieving people from knee pain and other such knee-related problems.
This surgery helps to cure knee joints which have been affected due to injury, mechanical problems or even any form of arthritis. After successful joint replacement surgery, the person feels less pain, stiffness, and ease while walking or doing daily activities.
Before deciding to perform this surgery, the professional orthopedic surgeon conducts proper tests to analyze the situation and the condition of the part of the knee to know what complications can possibly hinder the success of the surgery.
Narad Hospital has years of expertise and skill to deliver the best results to the patients who have been struggling with knee pain. With its treatment which has the capability of giving a fast and effective recovery and veteran orthopaedic surgeons, this treatment has always and will always succeed in eradicating knee problems from the lives of the patients.
Orthopaedic & Joint replacement Department is headed by the expert Dr. Sanjay Narad.
Our specialised services within the scope of Joint replacement centre are – Arthritis Care Clinic, Joint Replacement Services, Sports Medicine, Musculoskeletal Tumor Surgery, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, and Orthopaedic Trauma. With these services under one roof, our hospital facility provides a complete package of services for all sorts of joint problems.