What causes knee pain?
The knee is a complex joint with many tendons, muscles, ligaments and cartilage involved. It
Knee pain can be a result of a tendon, ligament, muscle becoming overloaded from repetitive overuse over a period of time or it can be from those structures being damaged from overextending,
If knee pain is not addressed appropriately, the problem can become chronic and result in tears in the cartilage, tendon, ligament. which can mean more pain at all times even at rest and longer recovery times.
Some of the most common causes of knee pain are arthritis, bursitis, meniscus injury, patellar tendinopathy, quadriceps tendinopathy,
What are the symptoms of knee pain?
Pain, swelling, stiffness, and weakness in your knee
The pain can be vague and feel like it’s all over the knee or be a focal part of the knee weather its behind, inside(medial), outside(lateral), patella or the tendons above or below the patellar.
Can be painful upon flexing or extending the knee, going up and down stairs and/or jumping.
How does knee pain happen?
Overuse of tendons, cartilage and muscles, wearing inappropriate footwear during exercise, poor flexibility, poor biomechanics and/or sudden increased intensity of exercise can result in injury in your knee pain.
Overextension/twisting of the knee and/or high impact landing resulting in damaged tendons, ligaments, meniscus.
What can help with knee pain?
- Rest and avoid strenuous exercise (such as running). As you improve, you can return to exercise gradually.
- Cold compress (ice pack) will help to decrease swelling and control the pain.
- Knee compression and/or bracing using can also minimize pain and aid in reducing the inflammation and strain on the knee structures.
- Elevate the injured area above the heart while sitting.
- For prevention, make sure you stretch before and after exercise.
- Short term use of anti-inflammatory drugs can be helpful to decrease the pain.
- New footwear with adequate support for you and the intended activity.
How can I get more help?
Book an appointment by calling (07) 5443 6761 or clicking here to book online to see one of our podiatrists.