Knee Pain Symptoms You Shouldn’t Ignore

Knee Pain Symptoms You Shouldn’t Ignore

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.

Knee Noises

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! 

Common Causes of Knee Pain

Common Causes of Knee Pain

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.

Preventing Osteoarthritis

Preventing Osteoarthritis

Millions of Americans have or will get osteoarthritis, known as OA. It happens when the cartilage in joints breaks down causing limited mobility, pain, and swelling. Key risk factors are genetics and age.

We can’t keep from getting older and we can’t change our genetics, but there are some things that can help you reduce your risk. 

Keep the Weight Off

Those extra pounds are the biggest risk factors for osteoarthritis. Every bit of extra weight puts added stress on the joints which can make the cartilage deteriorate faster. Each pound puts about four pounds of stress on the knees and increases pressure on hip joints.

Physical activity is one of the best ways to treat or help prevent osteoarthritis. According to the Arthritis Foundation, 30 minutes of moderately intense exercise five times a week can keep joints healthy and can strengthen the muscles that support and stabilize the hips and knees.

Low impact exercise can help keep the weight off and can improve joint health. Adding strength and resistance training to aerobic exercise can make a difference.

It doesn’t have to be at a gym. Go for a walk, get out in the garden, clean the house; all have benefits. Just make sure if things start to hurt, stop the activity. 

Get Rest

Taking it easy after exercise can help joints if they are swollen. Overuse of joints can increase OA risk. If something hurts, ice it for sudden or chronic pain or for inflamed joints. Heat is good for the pain that is sore and achy.

Make sure you’re also getting enough sleep. Fatigue can increase pain. Your body needs sleep to heal and protect itself.

Control Blood Sugar and Eat Right

Diabetes may play a role in the development of osteoarthritis. High glucose levels can speed up molecules that stiffen cartilage and trigger inflammation so control your blood sugar.

Drink lots of water because hydration keeps the joints lubricated, which can help prevent osteoarthritis.

Protect Yourself

If something injures the cartilage, it doesn’t heal very well. An injured joint is more likely to develop arthritis than one that was not injured. So, protect your joints. Wear protective gear like padding for sports.

Also, make sure your shoes are good and provide plenty of support. Look for breathable material, good arch support, and a padded heel. Proper shoes will provide shock absorption and help stabilize your knees.

Make sure to warm up and stretch before exercise and cool down after, and if you can, exercise on a soft and flat surface.

If the pain is persistent or you’re stiff in the morning for more than ten minutes, see a doctor. The professionals at B3 Medical can help diagnose and treat osteoarthritis. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.