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Knee Pain Know How

For those of us who have experienced knee pain, we know it is not a fun thing to endure. Knee pain is actually a very common problem and responsible for over 1/3 of doctor visits made a year. If you are experiencing swelling, pain when bending and straightening the knee and difficulty lifting heavy objects, you may be experiencing a degree of knee pain, and likely, a knee injury.

These pains are particularly common for athletes, due to the frequent use and wear and tear on this region. Many will come to know the term as ‘Runner’s Knee’ or ‘Jumper’s Knee’.While sprained ligaments and cartilage tears account for many of the problems associated with knee pain, several other conditions can occur to trigger this problem.

Here are a few others.

  • Bursitis is the inflammation of the sac that sits on top of your knee joint. Pain and swelling can occur when the bursa sac is overused, bent excessively or fallen on repeatedly. Those who kneel repetitively will often refer to this problem as ‘Housemaid’s Knee’ or ‘Preachers Knee’.
  • Illiotibial Band Syndrome is another possible culprit. This band, running from hip to the outer part of the knee, is a tough tissue, that when overused, can often cause pain or irritation.
  • Osgood-Schlatter Disease is a disease that is common in teenagers, both boys and girls, that causes knee pain. It occurs when the tendon that connects the kneecap to the shin is irritated. Again, this is caused by overuse or inflammation in the area. Petellar tendinitis is similar to this, and is often called ‘Jumper’s Knee’.
  • Osteroarthritis is a condition that occurs in those commonly over 50, and has to do with the bone in the knee, and will lead many adults to knee pain.
  • Patellofemoral pain syndrome is a condition commonly found in young girls, in which the muscle has an imbalance or the muscle around the knee is overly tightened.
  • A dislocated knee cap is another onlooker and can cause extreme knee pain, in that the kneecap literally shifts out of place.
  • Loose bodies in the knee may also cause pain. When cartilage breaks loose or is stuck it will cause the knee to freeze and swell excessively.

Now that we know some the culprits of knee pain, what can we do to treat and prevent these problems from occurring?

Many common forms of knee pain can go away with rest and relaxation. First and foremost, rest your knee. Applying ice and elevating the knee will help in recovery. When extra support is needed when walking or lifting heavy objects, use an elastic bandage to wrap the knee and prevent further injury. Anti-inflammatory medications will help with the pain.

If knee pain does not subside, it may be time to see your doctor, and possibly, depending on the severity of your case, request surgery to fix the problem.

After you have completed surgery, doctors will recommend how often to use and take care of your knee exclusively. Some may not be advised to walk or lift heavy objects for a period of time if they are able to avoid it.

Physical therapy and different types of stretching may be recommended to restore the knee to its original health.

When the condition lessens, or is taken care of, you can prevent further pain by taking care of your knees. Do this by stretching and resting the knee frequently. Also avoid lifting heavy objects until you are sure that your knee is completely healed. Even slight pressure may bring knee pain back.

Consult your doctor or speak to Mike Squirrell at KUER Physio for more information on knee pain and what you can do to find relief. Do not wait! Take care of your knee pain today!

No Joy In Joint Pain

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If you or someone you love has suffered from joint pain, you know it isn’t pretty. Joint paint can result in either long term or short term aching or sharp jolts of pain in the joints. Joints are the connections between bones, and as you may assume, absolutely vital in everyday function. When one of these joints becomes injured, you are in for a world of hurt. Literally.

Many of the pain associated with these regions are actually caused by other diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and general sprains and strains. Each injuries severity can range from somewhat bothersome to entirely debilitating. Depending on what is affected at the time and how far along it is in damage.

If you are experiencing inflammation, trouble with motion in the joints or tenderness in the joints, it may be time to seek a doctor or specialist who can help with arthritic or joint pain. These are all symptoms of joint pain in individuals. Some also have trouble bearing weight upon the joint. If you have experienced problems that occur for more than a week, it is likely that you will need a medical evaluation for your joint pain.

In order to treat this pain, you have in the region, the doctor will first attempt to figure out what is causing the pain and then attempt to treat the pain itself. You will be asked when the pain originally started, after what tasks, and the degree of pain you are experiencing. Bloods tests and X-rays will often be conducted to diagnose what may be wrong.

 

Arthritis is a big cause of joint pain in individuals. Over 22.7 million adults have some form of arthritis and 67 million will eventually be diagnosed with arthritis in their lifetime.

 

Here are some of the ways you can manage and prevent pain in your joints.

Some everyday activities you can do to improve your joint pain are to adjust your position frequently, take breaks periodically and walk around and avoid sitting for long periods of time if possible. Doing all these things will allow joints to move more and minimize stiffness.

Exercising frequently will ease some of your pain, but you must choose the right kinds of activities. Exercises that involved running, jumping or high impact aerobics can further damage to the joints.

Repeated movements and stress on the same joints can also worsen pain and damage. In addition, you can help with joint pain by managing your weight and smoking less. The extra weight you have may be very hard on joints and cause complications with arthritis. Smoking irritates connective tissue, leading to more pain.

If you are having trouble managing joint pain itself, you may choose to take over the counter medications or apply topical analgesics to reduce pain. Other common treatments involve relief through acupuncture, which involves insert needles into the site of the pain for relief, and applying hot and cold pads to aching areas. These items can also help minimize swelling. Both are great for minor to major pain in the joints.

You may want to avoid a few things.

  • First, do not downplay or avoid severe symptoms. Visit your doctor or speak to a specialist such as Mike Squirrell if symptoms worsen or are unbearable. Do not try to cope yourself.
  • Do not focus entirely on the pain of the injury, as this will really take an effect on your mood and health. Many experience depression.
  • You may want to talk to your doctor if you find your dependence on over the counter medications becoming excessive.

Joint pain is no fun for anyone, but with the right treatments and options, joint pain can become easier and more bearable.