As body parts go your knees are pretty important, but you don’t always appreciate that fact until you start to experience the sort of difficulties that affect your mobility and cause you almost unbearable levels of pain.
Some sufferers would argue that there is almost nothing worse than knee pain, so here are some pointers on what cause knee pain and how to take some preventative measures to look after your knees.
Wear and tear
If you are looking for the most common reason why some people elect to have outpatient knee replacement surgery, the answer can be widely summed up as general wear and tear.
Your knee pain is most likely caused by osteoarthritis which is mainly due to the amount of work you have asked your knees to do over a period of time and when you have put them under pressure or subjected them to strenuous exercise.
This wear and tear is just part of your normal life routine and unlike a trauma, where you might twist your knee and damage it instantly, arthritis builds up over a period of time.
If you tore your knee muscles you would know in an instant when and how it happened, but for the majority of us, knee pain in the form of osteoarthritis will creep up on you slowly and the dull, aching pain that you are feeling in your knee will get progressively worse over a period of time.
Some days are better than others
One of the main characteristic associated with arthritic knee complaints is that there are going to be some days where you think the pain is not that bad and others where the pain reaches almost intolerable levels.
The trigger for getting something done about your knee pain is when the bad days start to rapidly outnumber the good ones.
Symptoms and signs
If you injure your knee in an accident it can affect any of the ligaments or tendons around the joint and it could also have a detrimental impact on the ligaments, cartilage, and bones located within the joint itself.
When it comes to suffering regular pain with your knee it could be down to a specific condition or disease that is having an adverse effect on the bones and tissues surrounding your knee.
It shouldn’t really come as a great surprise that knee joints are one of the common parts of your body to be affected rheumatic diseases. Overuse of your knee can cause injury and inflammation of the tendon below your kneecap.
Some of the classic symptoms associated with this type of knee pain are noticeable swelling, redness around the joint, and a persistent feeling of tenderness or stiffness.
A good number of the symptoms you feel with knee pain can be as result of excess fluid forming on the affected joint.
It’s an age thing
Your knees are asked to do a lot of work and weight-bearing tasks throughout the day and it stands to reason that repeating this necessary punishment over a period of time is going to take its toll.
You can’t exactly curtail your normal activities just to try and preserve your knees but you should anticipate some potential problems with arthritis as you get older.
If you have damaged your knee at some point and suffered a torn cartilage, for instance, this will also help to contribute to the odds of developing arthritis in your knee as you head into later life.
You don’t suddenly wake up one day to find you have osteoarthritis, as this type of knee problem is progressive. There is no current cure available for arthritis, so you have a choice to face at some point, which is to find ways to cope with the pain or consider the idea of replacement surgery to resolve the problem.
You can take some basic steps towards improving your condition before you ultimately end up with the option of surgery as a resolution to your knee pain.
Probably the best thing you can for yourself is to lose any excess weight you might be carrying. If you are overweight, aside from the other obvious health risks you will be doing your knee a big favor by giving it less weight to bear and carry.
The fact that knee replacement surgery is one of the most commonly performed orthopedic surgical procedures tells you just how much our knees suffer and how much pain many of us have to try and bear.
Stephan Reed is a digital marketing partner for Orthopedic One, Central Ohio’s largest network of orthopedic specialists.