Knee pain can often be a symptom of issues with the hip or ankle. In this video, Dr. Crisp describes some exercises and stretches you can do to increase your mobility and strength. These foam roller exercises, combined with the bridge and calf stretch, can help alleviate nagging knee pain. By treating the problem at the source, Airrosti eliminates the pain quickly in an average of just three visits. Click here to learn more about what to expect at your first visit to Airrosti.
The knee is the largest joint in the body. Although a knee problem is often caused by an injury to one or more of these structures, it may have another cause. Some people are more likely to develop knee problems than others. Many jobs, sports, and recreational activities can increase your chances of having problems with your knees. Your risk of knee pain is also greater as you get older.
Injuries are the most common cause of knee problems. Sudden (acute) injuries may be caused by a direct blow to the knee or from abnormal twisting, bending the knee, or falling on the knee. Pain, bruising, or swelling may be severe and develop within minutes of the injury. Knee pain can be localized or diffuse throughout the knee, and knee pain is often accompanied by physical restriction. The pain can originate in any of the bony structures compromising the knee joint (femur, tibia, fibula), the kneecap (patella), or the ligaments and cartilage (meniscus) of the knee.
Overuse injuries occur with repetitive activities or repeated or prolonged pressure on the knee. Activities such as stair climbing, bicycle riding, jogging, or jumping stress joints and other tissues and can lead to irritation and inflammation.
The location of the knee pain can vary depending on which structure is involved. With infection, the whole knee might be swollen and painful, while a torn meniscus or bone fracture gives symptoms only in one specific location. The severity of the pain can vary, from a minor ache to a severe and disabling pain. You may also experience difficulty walking due to instability of the knee, limping due to discomfort, or locking of the knee (unable to bend the knee). Other problems can develop due to overcompensating for knee pain and favoring one leg over the other.
A thorough physical examination will usually establish the diagnosis of knee pain, and the treatment of the pain depends on the underlying cause. Traditional treatment for a sore knee is as follows: first, rest is prescribed, as well as ice or heat, stretching, and an extended period of physical therapy. Next, the patient might take anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDS, like ibuprofen. Cortisone shots into the knee are often prescribed to treat inflammation. If all else fails, the patient may undergo arthroscopic surgery, which involves inserting a tiny camera into the knee and using it as a way to view and repair torn ligaments, cartilage, or other issues within the joint.
Sometimes athletes need to get back to action much faster than these methods allow. Call Airrosti at (800) 404-6050 to see how we can help you avoid surgery and resolve your pain, or learn more about what to expect on your first visit.