Knee Pain with Trinity Orthopedics
Causes of Knee Pain
Knee pain can occur for a number of reasons, but the most common causes of knee pain can be divided into three categories:
Knee pain treatment will vary, but a combination of physical therapy exercises and pain management techniques can do wonders for an injured knee. In more severe cases, arthroscopic surgery or even knee replacement may become necessary.
Tendonitis is the inflammation of a tendon. This condition tends to present itself as a result of repetitive jumping, running, bending, or simply tightened or weak tendons. Tendonitis of the knee, whether it occurs in the patellar tendon or the quadriceps tendon, is easily managed conservatively. Anti-inflammatories, physical therapy, and strengthening exercises can keep the tendonitis in control.
Arthritis affects the cartilage in the knee. The most common form that occurs in the knee is osteoarthritis because it refers to the general wear and tear that many people can feel, especially active athletes.
This is most commonly seen in runners and can cause issues with hill or long-distance running. The cartilage underneath the kneecap becomes irritated and begins to degenerate, causing a lot of inflammation when going up an incline whether it’s a hill or stairs. This tends to cause a grinding sensation over the surface of the patella when the patient flexes and extends the knee.
The meniscus is the cartilage rim that acts as the shock absorber of your knee. It can often become torn and cause pain as well as mechanical problems in the joint, such as locking, giving out, and catching. In the beginning, the problems caused by a torn meniscus can start out small, but they become worse and worse as time goes by.
When your knee is injured, ligament tears are quite common. Whether it’s your ACL, MLC, LCL, or PCL, ligament tears can cause ongoing instability in the knee. These can be managed, but treatment depends on a number of factors, ranging from age and health to tolerance and preference. For slight cases, anti-inflammatories and ice packs can help manage the tear while you recover, but more severe cases may call for surgery.