Knee pain is a highly common complaint among aged and younger people alike. While it has a wide variety of possible causes, it often results from normal day-to-day activities like lifting heavy things, standing, walking, and bending. Male and Female athletes are also more prone to debilitating knee pain, especially during intense sporting activities.
This article highlights the top causes of knee pain and what James Appell DC of Medical Wellness Group can do to help you find relief.
Knee problems are typically attributed to normal wear and tear caused by aging, injuries that result in muscle strains, and medical conditions such as arthritis and gout. The following is a more detailed breakdown of common causes of knee pain:
Osteoarthritis is arthritis that affects the knee. It refers to the degenerative process during which the cartilage in the knee joint gradually wears away. Overall, it is common among middle-aged and older people. Rheumatoid arthritis affects the knees through joint inflammation and destroying the cartilage.
The pads that act as shock absorbers in the knee can tear due to trauma to the knee. When this happens, the cartilage may be torn, leading to mild to severe knee pain.
Trauma caused by blows to the knee can result in strained or sprained knee ligaments, muscles, tissues, and nerves. Common symptoms of a sprained knee include hardship in walking, pain, and swelling.
This is the inflammation of the tendons that occurs during strenuous activities such as jumping and playing football. It is common among athletes and can be debilitating.
The following are some common symptoms that you may experience alongside knee pain:
- Knee weakness or instability
- Swelling and stiffness
- Reddening of the knee
- An inability to fully straighten the knee
- A crunching noise when you move your knee
While you may treat mild knee pain at home, you should consider seeing a doctor if you experience severe pain, visible swelling, loss of motion, or an obvious deformity in your leg or knee.
The team at Medical Wellness Group is dedicated to helping relieve your pain by addressing the underlying condition. They provide the following treatment options:
· Regenerative medicine – Treatments like stem cell therapy are used to stimulate your body’s natural healing ability.
· Chiropractic adjustments – Corrects your knee alignment and adjoining joints like the hip, spine, and ankles.
· Ultrasound therapy – Uses high-frequency sound waves to support your body’s natural healing response.
· Lifestyle adjustments – Including weight loss, diet adjustments, and stress reduction.
· Specialized footwear – Including orthotic inserts to restore body balance and correct joint alignment.
Over time, the pressure you put on your knees during your day-to-day activities may take a toll on the health of your joints and ligaments. This could eventually leave you in pain that could be just a mild nuisance or debilitating enough to disrupt your life.
The team at Medical Wellness Group offers a specialized expert approach to knee pain by incorporating combined therapies into your treatment regimen. Contact them today to schedule a consultation online if you are experiencing knee pain.