Face it, our knees are going to hurt sometimes. The knee connects the thigh bone to the shin bone and has many parts that make it work. An injury to any one of those parts can cause pain.
Some knee pain will go away on its own, but there are some symptoms you should not ignore.
When you crack your knuckles, a pop often occurs when gas bubbles are released. A snapping, cracking, or popping sound in the knee when there is also pain and swelling is not normal. Ignoring letting it go can cause permanent damage to the knee.
A sharp pain and a painful pop could mean an ACL tear, so attention from a doctor is necessary.
Something is Moving Inside
The knee joint itself is supposed to move, but things are not supposed to move around inside it. Pieces of bone or cartilage can sometimes break loose in and around the knee joint. They don’t always cause problems right away, but eventually, they probably will.
The foreign object can get into the joint itself and eventually keep the knee from moving.
Pain When Walking or Climbing Stairs
Osteoarthritis impacts millions of American as they age. Knee pain while climbing stairs is a sign of possible osteoarthritis. Ignoring it can lead to more pain and discomfort as the joint deteriorates since osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease.
Some other signs of arthritis are a pain at night that wakes you up, swelling, redness, warmth, and stiffness that takes hours to wear off.
Instability, Swelling, and More
We rely on our knees to keep us upright. If a knee feels unstable or like it might collapse, it might be a sign of something serious.
Slight knee swelling might not be a cause for concern, but sudden and extreme swelling can mean a tear or a fracture. Ignoring it is not a good idea.
If you injured your knee playing sports or doing another activity, let a doctor check it out. It could be minor, or it might not be. Tearing an ACL, MCL, LCL, or meniscus could require serious treatment down the road, but getting help early might prevent the need to take invasive steps later.
The medical professionals at B3 Medical in Tampa offer many non-surgical options to treat painful knees. The team at B3 Medical has developed an injection-based protocol that has given relief to many knee pain sufferers. Contact us today!
Osteoarthritis is one of the most common ailments caused by aging. It results in pain and inflammation in the joints, especially the knees.
Exercise is one of the best ways to find relief without drugs. Exercise helps the joints compress and release, bringing good things like nutrients and oxygen into the cartilage and increasing blood flow.
The three main types of exercises that help the most are ones that involve range of motion or flexibility, endurance or aerobic exercises, and strengthening exercises.
Range of Motion Exercises
Osteoarthritis makes it difficult for joints to function without causing pain. Even the simplest task can cause a great amount of pain.
Exercises like gentle stretching and taking joints through their full range of motion can help improve the movement in the joints and reduce pain.
Sitting knee extensions, hip flexor stretches, and other exercises like these can help.
These exercises help strengthen the heart and lungs at the same time you’re helping your joints. They can also help you maintain or lose weight since those extra pounds put stress on hip and knee joints.
Walking, swimming, biking, or elliptical training are lower-impact and are pretty joint-friendly. Begin with about 10 minutes at a time and increase the minutes every few days. The goal is about 30 minutes for five days a week.
Strengthening the lower back and lower extremities can help take some of the pressure off your hips and knees. Resistance bands or light weights can help with this. Yoga, Pilates, and Tai Chi can also help improve balance and build strength.
Getting up from a chair into a standing position and then sitting back down without using your hands for 30 seconds can be a good exercise. Squatting and standing against a wall can also be good. Standing on one leg for ten seconds at a time is also a way to strengthen your joints.
What Exercises Should You Avoid?
The key is making sure you don’t jump into any exercise routine too quickly. Make sure you build up your strength and endurance first.
For severe osteoarthritis, it’s best to avoid high-impact exercises like running, activities where you change direction quickly like tennis or basketball, and workouts that involve jumping.
For moderate symptoms, some higher-impact exercises can help stimulate cells to help repair cartilage.
Before beginning any exercise program, check with your doctor and make sure you know how to do the exercises correctly. A personal trainer or physical therapist can help teach you proper form. Don’t push through any pain. These exercises are only suggestions. The professionals at B3 Medical can help you find a non-surgical way to relieve your osteoarthritis pain and help you find the best exercises for your symptoms. Contact us today.
Knee pain can impact your everyday life and keep you from doing the things you love. Knowing what can cause it can help you prevent it.
An injury can cause knee pain as can a medical condition like arthritis, gout, and an infection. Some mechanical issues can also cause knee pain.
Common Knee Injuries
The knee area contains many parts including ligaments, tendons, bursae, bones, and cartilage. Injuries can happen to any or all of these areas.
Common injuries are:
- ACL tear- These happen frequently when playing sports that require sudden direction changes.
- Kneecap fracture
- Meniscus Tear- Tears happen when suddenly twisting the knee while weight is on it.
- Knee bursitis- When the small fluid sacs cushioning the knee joint get inflamed, pain can happen.
- Patellar tendinitis- The tendons connecting muscles to bones can get inflamed. People who run, ski, cycle, or jump a lot can develop this injury.
Knee Mechanics Issues
Sometimes, the way the knee and surrounding muscles and bones function can cause knee pain.
A piece of bone or cartilage can break off and float around the joint. It can cause pain if it gets close to the joint itself.
Iliotibial band syndrome and hip or foot pain can also impact the knees. Iliotibial band syndrome happens when the tissue that connects the outside of the hip to the outside of the knee becomes really tight. It rubs against the femur causing pain.
You may be changing the way you walk if you have hip or foot pain. That might be putting more stress on your knees, causing pain.
Many different types of arthritis can also impact the knee.
Preventing Knee Pain
All of us are not destined for knee pain. There are some ways to prevent it.
A healthy weight can help reduce stress on your knees. Every extra pound can hurt your joints and accelerate the breakdown of cartilage around the knee joints, increasing the risk of osteoarthritis.
Make sure to stretch often, especially before playing sports. Make sure your technique is good and you practice often. Lessons with professionals can help make sure your technique is proper. Conditioning is a good way to keep from injuring yourself. Don’t suddenly change the intensity of your activities. This can hurt your knees. Build up to new levels of activity.
Tight and weak muscles contribute to injuries, so staying strong and flexible are keys to preventing knee problems. Building up quadriceps and hamstrings can also help since they both support the knee.
If you play sports, proper knee guards and braces can protect these joints.
If you have chronic knee pain or injuries keep happening, you might need to change the way you exercise. Find something with a lower impact like swimming or water aerobics. Reducing the higher impact activities could allow your knees to have a bit of a break.
Also, make sure you’re wearing good shoes with a proper fit. Shoes that do not fit correctly or do not provide adequate support can make knee problems worse.
If you have knee pain or want to learn more about preventing it, the medical professionals at B3 Medical can help. Educating patients is a key to their ability to make the right choices for their health. Contact us today to get rid of your knee pain.