The fact that knee pain can hamper someone’s ability to walk correctly or even move at all makes it necessary for those experiencing any form of knee pain to seek professional treatment. The knee is constantly in use and can easily hinder the ability to perform everyday functions when someone injures it. Since the knee consists of bone, cartilage, ligaments and fluid, injuring any of these elements can result in various levels of pain.
While pain is the main complaint when someone is suffering from a knee injury, swelling, cracking, locking and/or hearing a popping sound in the knee are also signs of a knee injury. In fact, prolonged activity, bending down and overuse can intensify the knee pain without proper treatment. There are instances in which the soreness within the knee disappears in a day or two. However, if the pain or symptoms persist for more than three days and seem to get worse, it is time to seek professional treatment.
Knee pain symptoms
While the symptoms are going to vary from patient to patient, everyone who is suffering from knee pain will experience at least one of the following knee pain symptoms:
- Feeling sharp or dull pain
- Swelling in the knee area
- Stiffness in the knee area
- Hearing a popping, cracking or crunching noise
- A weakness in the knee that does not allow for full standing support
- An inability to fully straighten out the knee
Potential causes of knee pain
People can separate knee pain into one of three categories – sudden knee injuries, overuse knee injuries and chronic medical knee injuries. Sudden knee injuries tend to result from playing sports or being in an auto accident. Overuse knee injuries tend to result from overstretching or participating in repetitive sports, like running. Chronic medical knee injuries result from diseases, like arthritis. Additional causes of knee pain can include someone being overweight, lacking muscle strength, lacking muscle flexibility and having a previous knee injury.
Knee pain treatment
While not all knee pain is going to be serious enough to require long-term medical treatment, short-term medical treatments for knee pain can lead to complete and successful healing, Since the knee is the largest joint in the body and bears almost all of one’s body weight, it is essential that those suffering from knee pain seek treatment to prevent it from getting worse.
Medical knee treatment options include using physical therapy, getting injections, using knee braces and taking over the counter medications to help reduce pain and swelling. Effective self-care knee pain treatments include:
- RICE – Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation
- Heat and cold therapy
- Daily exercise that supports both knee strength and flexibility
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Using alternative healing methods, i.e. herbal ointments, willow bark, ginger extract
If you are considering one of these medical treatments or other treatment options, give us a call to get our professional opinion on if the treatment will be beneficial.
Chronic painThe American Osteopathic Association states that knee pain is the number two cause of chronic pain in the United States. The association adds that nearly 35 percent of Americans state that they currently have or have previously suffered from some form of knee pain. Chronic pain does not discriminate as anyone can be at risk, making it necessary for many to seek pain management services. In order for a knee specialist to properly address and treat the issue of chronic knee pain, they will need to know the exact location of the knee pain, i.e. behind, above, below, inside or outside.
Since living with knee pain can make it difficult for anyone to perform their everyday functions without some form of assistance, pain management options tend to be a very important part of knee recovery. The earlier we utilize any pain management options, the better chance a patient has of avoiding increased levels of pain. In order to properly address any new knee injury, a patient needs to seek immediate medical assistance, with many knee specialists endorsing using the RICE method within three days of the injury.
Auto injury treatment
Seeking treatment for any sign of knee pain after an auto accident is essential to a full and successful knee injury recovery. When someone injures their knee during an auto accident, there is a good chance of the injury being a serious one. The impact of a knee coming into contact with a hard surface at a high force can truly result in a lot of knee damage.
The damage can lead to chronic knee pain. Common knee injuries from auto accidents include knee sprains, knee strains, muscle tears, ligament tears, cartilage tears, dislocations, fractures and injury to the Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL). If you are struggling with any form of knee pain, give us a call today and schedule an appointment.
If you would like to learn more about knee pain and the various treatments we provide, call (610) 678-8600 to schedule a consultation.