What Your Knee Pain Means and How To Treat It
Why is it important to get your knee pain evaluated by a specialist? The knee is the body’s largest joint. At the knee joint, three bones meet: the tibia, the femur, and the patella. The knee is a “hinge” joint, allowing the leg to bend in only one direction.The knee supplies strength and is the impact point in your legs for running, squatting, jumping, and turning. The knee has a limited range of motion compared to the rest of your joints with almost no ability to rotate. Your knee is a complex system of supportive and moving parts, including bones, cartilage, muscles, tendons, and ligaments all meet at the knee joint– each of which is subject to injury or disease. Because of this, treatment of knee-related injuries and disorders requires a specialized set of skills and experience. If you are experiencing knee pain, osteoarthritis may be why.
What Is Causing Your Knee Pain?
One of the most common causes of joint pain in the knee is Knee Osteoarthritis. Approximately 14 million people in the United States have knee osteoarthritis, an inflammatory condition that triggers symptoms like joint pain, stiffness, and swelling. Once the disease process has started, there’s no way to reverse the joint damage — which is why it’s so important to prevent knee osteoarthritis from progressing.
Osteoarthritis commonly develops as a result of wear and tear from aging. It can also be a result of a traumatic injury to the joint. Osteoarthritis of the knee is more common in older people, in women, and in people who have occupations that place increased stress on the knees. People who have certain diseases, bone deformities or a genetic predisposition are also at a higher risk. Obesity can also raise a person’s risk for osteoarthritis of the knee, because extra body weight increases stress on the knee joints. As pictured above, the ends of the bones of a healthy knee are coated by cartilage. Healthy cartilage allows the bones to glide smoothly against each other. But in a knee with osteoarthritis, this cartilage begins to deteriorate and wear away. Repetitive motion or injury may speed this deterioration. Eventually, the bones may rub directly against each other.
Do I Have Knee Osteoarthritis?
The best way to get a fast and accurate diagnosis of your knee pain is to book a consultation with our orthopedic specialist. With a thorough evaluation of your joints, our specialist can determine the true cause of your joint pain. Symptoms of osteoarthritis of the knee may include
pain, swelling and stiffness of the joint. The knee may become weak, and it may lock or buckle when walking. A person with osteoarthritis may have trouble bending or straightening the knee. Standing or walking for long periods may worsen this pain.
While your symptoms will depend on the severity of the injury, general symptoms to look out for include:
- Pain that increases with activity, but only gets slightly better with rest
- Swelling in and around the knee joint
- Feeling of warmth in the joint
- Stiffness in the knee, especially in the morning or after sitting for long periods of time
- Decrease in the mobility of the knee, making it difficult to get in and out of chairs or cars, use the stairs, or walk
- A creaking, crackly sound that is heard when the knee moves
Book an Appointment With Our Specialist
Dr. Guillermo Pechero is a board certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Specialist. Book an appointment with Rio Grande Valley Orthopedic Center and get evaluated immediately for your knee pain. When it comes to knee-joint issues and osteoarthritis, the earlier your symptoms are diagnosed, the less invasive your treatment is.
Rio Grande Valley Orthopedic Center is a complete care facility that is with you from diagnosis and treatment to recovery.
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