The knee is the largest joint in the body. Most individuals have had a minor knee problem at least once in their lifetime. Knee injuries can occur during sports, recreational activities, work-related tasks or home projects. Unlike your other body parts, knee injuries can happen from everyday wear and tear or from overuse. Sometimes there can be an underlying condition causing pain in your knee, like . If you are experiencing pain, swelling or stiffness in your knee, contact Align Medical and Chiropractic now!
Types Of Knee Injuries
There are different types of knee injuries that a patient can receive. The type of knee injury you have will dictate the course of treatment for recovery. If you are not sure how you received your injury, schedule an appointment and our physician will ask you questions to try to pinpoint the cause.
Sudden (Acute) Injuries
The most common cause of knee pain is injury. A direct blow, abnormal twisting or falling on the knee can cause an injury. It is possible to experience extreme pain, bruising or swelling moments after the injury. It is always important to visit a doctor after your injury to ensure you did not pinch a nerve or a blood vessel. Although it might be a minor sprain, you will want to make sure you did not tear your meniscus, anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), medial collateral ligament (MCL) or dislocate your knee.
If you are engaged in repetitive or repeated activities that requires prolonged pressure on the knee, the pain you are experiencing might be from overuse. Stair climbing, bicycle riding, jogging or jumping can cause stress on the joints and tissues that can lead to inflammation in the knee. If you are experiencing pain in the front of the knee, losing weight and watching your diet can help eliminate your symptoms.
Degenerative joint disease, also known as arthritis can cause swelling, pain and decreased range of motion. People of all ages, sexes and races experience arthritis, but it is more common in women and symptoms become more frequent as people get older. There are different forms of arthritis, but Osteoarthritis is the most common.
There are many techniques to manage your knee pain. The type of treatment you receive will depend on the location of the injury. Rest, bracing, physical therapy, medicine and in some cases surgery are all options for treatment.
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