Knee Pain

Knee pain is definitely a prevalent condition in North America, being liable for just about 1/3 of all the visits to the doctor for muscle and bone pain. Knee pain is an especially serious problem for athletes and over half of all athletes suffer from it every year.

Individuals experiencing knee discomfort will often have difficulties stemming from: torn and swollen ligaments, meniscus or cartilage tears, and runner's knee. The knee is a really intricate joint and there are a lot of things that can go wrong.

Other issues that generate knee pain consist of:

Bone Chips: Sometimes a knee injury could lead to tiny breaks recognized as bone fragments. This is where tiny pieces of cartilage or bone break off. These minute pieces can get it stuck inside the joint and this can cause it to freeze up. Additionally, it is not uncommon to experience pain and swelling at this point.

Bursitis: Bursa sacs within the knee are filled with fluid that is made to protect and cushion your joints. There are many bursa sacs found in the knee area. Recurrent flexing, a fall or overuse could cause the bursa to become irritated. During these moments, pain and swelling can occur. There are two types of bursitis identified as "preacher's knee" and "housemaid's knee, which are aptly titled due to kneeling. A "Baker's cyst is when one of many bursa on the back of the knee becomes swollen. This can arise from conditions such as arthritis, as well as from injuries.

Iliotibial Band Syndrome: The Iliotibial band is a section of tough tissue that extends down from your hip to your shin. If it becomes inflamed by issues including excessive use, it can cause discomfort on the outer side of your knee and cause pain and discomfort.

Medial Plica Syndrome: The plica is a fold of tissue which is located inside the knee joint. When it becomes irritated from being overused, swelling and knee pain could happen.

Osgood-Schlatter Disease: Osgood-Schlatter Disease is characterized by a bump underneath the knee that is uncomfortable. This occurs where a tendon from the kneecap attaches to the shin. It is typically due to irritation of the tendon caused by unnecessary use. The pain may come and go over time. It's particularly prevalent in teenage girls and boys around the ages of 13 and 14 years old.

Osteoarthritis: Osteoarthritis is often the cause of knee pain for numerous non-athletes and athletes, and those who are over the age of 60.

Partially Dislocated Kneecap or Patellar Subluxation: In this particular condition, the kneecap actually slides out of its placement. This leads to pain and swelling. Frequently it's the reaction to physical defect in your legs, rather than an injury. This condition is especially common in teenage girls.

Tendonitis or inflammation of the tendons: Tendons are robust tissue bands that join your bone to your muscles. Overuse can cause the tendons to become sore and inflamed. "Jumper's Knee" is one type of knee tendonitis. If an old knee injury isn't handled correctly, it might additionally result in occasional or constant knee pain.

What type of Knee Pain is it?

Knee pains can very greatly based upon the specific damage to the knee and also the person experiencing it. Specific factors to look for consist of: swelling and pain, particularly when bending or straightening the knee.

It is important if you are going through any of these signs and symptoms that you visit your doctor. Together, you are able to isolate the cause and work out treatment plans. To be able to identify what is causing your knee pain, your family doctor will have to perform a comprehensive exam. For instance, you may need to undergo Magnetic Resonance Imaging or MRIs, X-rays or an MR Arthrogram. The MR Arthrogram is a special type of MRI where some dye is inserted in the knee to be able to display the joint in more detail.



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