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Nobody Needs Knee Pain In Their Life

Your knee is one of the biggest and most complex joints in your body. It connects your thigh and shin bones, allowing for rotation and movement in your legs.

It is often referred to as the joint stuck in the middle with nowhere to go. Being stuck between the hip and the foot poses a problem for the knee, that being when either of those two joints stop working properly it is the knee that suffers the full load.

It is the knee that must twist or move sideways and for a joint that works like a door hinge, which causes problems. The knee is not only one of the victim of the badly moving body it is also a scapegoat for a lot of other body parts NOT doing their job.

Let us explain

When our foot strikes the ground our ankle bends. Some people, probably most, have less bending or “dorsiflexion” in our ankles than we should because of all the sitting we do.

That sitting seizes up the ankle, a little. Then as we walk; or run; or throw a ball; the ankle doesn’t bend and the knee once again is asked to bend a little more. And it’s ok doing that but one day when the knee is asked to bend a little bit more and then we have to twist at the same time, BANG!!! We have a knee injury.

Over time with all that excessive bending in the knee we have repetitive strain. That’s just one small problem, the real problem is that the knee could find itself having to compensate like this for many, many body parts including the hips, the back, the shoulder or even the elbow.

Any wonder the knee is one the most common joints affected by osteoarthritis in the body!

Common Causes of Knee Pain

Chronic knee pain is usually attributed to multiple causes or conditions and it rarely heals without professional treatment.

Some common conditions which cause chronic knee pain are;

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Tendinitis
  • Bursitis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Chondromalacia Patella
  • Gout
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Dislocation
  • Meniscus tear
  • Torn ligament
  • Bone tumors

Knee Pain Symptoms

Symptoms will depend on the cause of the pain and may vary for individuals.

Some common symptoms to be aware of are;

  • Swelling
  • Trouble weight bearing
  • Giving way
  • Muscle weakness
  • Constant aches
  • Sharp, shooting pain when in use
  • Dull burning discomfort

Knee Pain Diagnosis

Your physical therapist will decide how to diagnose your knee pain based on your symptoms.

Some common methods of diagnosing knee pain are;

  • Physical examination
  • X-rays
  • CT scan
  • MRI
  • Blood tests

Knee Pain Treatment Options

Treatment for knee pain will be specific to the cause and severity of the knee injury.

Most treatments involve:

  • Physical therapy
  • Medication
  • Surgery
  • Injections
  • Exercise
  • Weight training
  • Walking aids such as crutches and frames

Minor knee pain can be treated at home using the RICE Method for up to three days, if pain persists seek medical advice;

  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Compression
  • Elevation

If you have recently suffered from a sport injury, always consult with a physical therapist first. For more information on general health and wellbeing or to book an appointment, contact us on (03) 9369 9766.