Is Knee Pain Slowing You Down?
The knees are one of the most common sources of pain, often causing limited mobility and discomfort. These joints are prone to injury, carrying the majority of the body weight with many different movement options. They also can be prone to autoimmune disease like arthritis. If you have knee pain, it can impact your quality of life and slow down your enjoyment of your favorite activities. Here are some of the most common causes of knee pain.
Anyone who watches impact sports has heard of the common sports injury that impacts the knee. ACL, PCL and MCL injuries can tear or sprain the knee ligaments. Often these can require surgery to repair the damage.
Arthritis of the Knee
All joints can be prone to arthritis and knees are no exception. Rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and post-traumatic arthritis can all attack the knee joint, causing inflammation, limited mobility and pain. In many cases, surgery is eventually needed, along with physical therapy and other treatments.
The knee joint contain cartilage that provides cushion between the bones when the leg bends and moves. Meniscus tears and other cartilage damage can result in severe pain and may require surgery and rehabilitation to recover.
If you have knee pain but are not sure of what the problem is, you will need an accurate diagnosis. Your physician or orthopedic specialist can diagnose your knee issue and determine the best form of treatment. In some cases, physical therapy can be used to strengthen the knee, reduce pain and improve mobility. If surgery is needed, rehabilitation with an experienced physical therapist can help you recover quicker and improve your range of motion. Don’t live with knee pain – seek treatment and physical therapy today.
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