appointment

Knee Pain

banner-knee-pain
Results May vary from person to person. No individual result should be seen as typical. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Below are merely personal stories and do not guarantee success.

Knee Pain Management

Knee pain can come in all shapes and sizes. Our knees are required to be extremely strong, as they have to support our entire bodies. As we get older the strain on our knees gets progressively worse and this, together with the normal degeneration of our bodies can lead to a number of different problems.

Of course, knee problems are not restricted to older people. Some of the typical problems with our knees include:

  • Torn ligaments or tendons

The ligaments are hard tissue that connect the different bones that form the knee joint. Tendons connect the surrounding muscle masses to the bones. People who live normal, semi-sedentary lives, or with normal amounts of exercise will not usually have problems with torn tendons or ligaments. People who pursue sports, especially high impact sports like rugby, football, cycling, running are far more likely to put excessive amounts of stress on their knees, causing these potential problems.

  • Menisci or cartilage damage

The menisci act as shock absorbents to help protect the knees from the daily stress. Cartilage protects the knees. Both of these can suffer damage from excessive use and the pain can be severe. You may also suffer from extremely restrictive use of the knee.

  • Sprains and strains

Strains and sprains are far more common and less serious that torn ligaments or cartilage damage. This occurs when excessive pressure is put on the knees, damaging the tissue temporarily. Most people can treat this themselves with heat, ice, rest and elevation. But it is best not to self-diagnose, but to consult us to ensure what your specific problem is.

  • Osteoarthritis

This normally occurs in older people. As the bones lose density and as normal wear and tear occurs, the tissues can become inflamed. This causes both pain and a restriction in the movement of the knee.

  • Tendinitis

This is a condition which often occurs in people who play basketball or volleyball, hence it’s nickname of Jumper’s Knee. It is cause by excessive use and stress on the tendon which connects the knee to the shinbone.

  • Bursitis

Bursitis usually occurs in people who do an excessive amount of kneeling during their daily routine, carpet layers or cleaners for example, hence it’s very common nickname of Housemaid’s Knee. The knee will become inflamed and painful and must be rested to avoid further complications.

  • Osgood-Schlatter’s disease

This usually occurs in teenagers and is often referred to as growth spurts. It happens when the body is growing too quickly for it to be able to make the necessary adjustments fast enough. It is almost always temporary but can be very uncomfortable.

  • Gout

Far less prevalent today than in previous decades, mainly due to better diet, this can be extremely painful. The general symptoms are reddening and swelling. It is caused by a build up of the natural waste product uric acid, which crystallizes and makes the knee difficult to move.

All of these problems are treatable, but the first step is to accurately diagnose your specific problem. If you notice pain, swelling or redness around the knee area, talk to us and we can work with you to restore your healthy knee.