NOT the proper way to wrap a hurting kneeThis is a common question we receive in the office. What is causing my knee pain?
Honestly, there can be thousands of reasons. But to simplify, we can trace it back to three main reasons. Read on to discover what they are...
The easiest cause can be answered by 5 year old. Direct trauma to the knee. Ouch! This could be a sports injury, an automobile injury, a slip and fall, or any other possibility where there is a moment of injury. A trauma injury often will cause damage to the ligaments in the knee and may require surgery.
The second cause of knee pain is common among athletes and the active community. This is an overuse and imbalance of the muscles of the knee called irregular tracking of the joint. This is often because the muscles in the legs are not properly balanced and thus pull the knee cap more to one side than the other. Irregular tracking is corrected by physical therapy, kinesio taping, and conservative care.
The third cause is the most popular, and I don't think it is because he wears the "cool clothes" his mom bought him at Abercrombie. This type of knee pain is from osteoarthritis or OA or just arthritis. Arthritis is more painful in the morning and is described as stiff, achy, and sore. If left untreated it will progress to the point of a knee replacement. Everyone knows how fun a knee replacement can be! :(
Treatment for arthritis in the knee may include natural joint replacement fluid injections, bracing, adjustments, physical therapy, taping, and massage. The good news is that with advances in modern medicine you don't have to assume it automatically means replacement.
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