Is Knee Pain Slowing You Down?

The knee is one of the most common joint pain complaints physicians see.  Unfortunately knee pain can really slow you down, sometimes more than pain in the upper body or hips. Your knee takes a lot of abuse on a daily basis. Because it supports most of your weight; every time you walk and run the knee joint is put through a physical test. In most cases the knee holds up very well, but occasionally the knee is damaged by injury or illness and is not able to function as painlessly as it should.  Occasionally there is not only pain but swelling, reddening, weakness and sometimes a knee can lock into a position.

Some Potential Reasons For Your Knee Pain

While it is important to seek out an orthopedic specialist’s professional diagnosis, as you wait for your appointment you may want to think about what may be causing your pain. There are many potential specific things that your doctor may diagnose. Instead of trying to pinpoint the specific issue on your own you should try to identify the general category of your ailment. To help you narrow it down take a look at the below list of categories and the most commonly diagnosed ailments that are associate with those categories. While your specific diagnosis may not be below, you should be able to identify one or two potential reasons for your pain:

  • Injuries
    • Sprians & Strains
    • Torn Meniscus
  • Diseases
    • Cysts
    • Arthritis and osteoarthritis
  • Inflammations
    • Bursitis
    • Tendinitis
  • Deformaties
    • Genu Varum
    • Hyperextension
  • Syndromes
    • Runner’s Knee (Patellofemoral)
    • Plica
  • Fractures (breaks)
    • Tibial
    • Tibial Plataue
    • Tibial Spine
    • Patella
    • Femoral
  • Dislocations
    • Patella
    • Tibiofemoral

Getting Treatment For Your Pain

It is important not to try to diagnose the specific cause of your knee pain on your own. Any time you are concerned about your pain you should see a specialist. If you are not sure if you should see a doctor there are specific warning signs that you should watch for. If you see any swelling or deformity in your knee, you are unable to fully straighten your leg, your knee can’t support you, and you have a fever associated with swelling and redness you should immediately call an orthopedic physician. Your doctor will diagnose your ailment and then devise a treatment plan for you. In mild cases treatment can be performed at home. Only the most severe problems require a surgical solution, which is usually a last resort.

Avoiding Knee Injuries Means Avoiding Pain

As long as your pain was caused by an injury, there are things you can do to help prevent pain in the future. If you are overweight, shedding some of those pounds is one of the most beneficial things you can do to help your knees. Achieving an appropriate and healthy weight will reduce the wear and tear that your knees are subjected to on a daily basis. It is also important to strengthen and stretch your knees. There are specific exercises that help with your balance and stability, which also make the muscles stronger and will help keep your knee flexible. Lastly remember to always exercise in a way that prevents further injury. Swimming is a great option for a very low impact way to work out your knee and you entire body. Of course, before you start any exercise program you should check with your physician.

If you are experiencing knee pain, find one of our orthopedic specialists, conveniently located throughout the Chicgoland area, and schedule an appointment. They are ready to help you get the relief you need as quickly as possible.

This information is not intended to provide advise or treatment for a specific situation. Consult your physician and medical team for information and treatment plans on your specific condition(s).