There are many issues that could be causing or contributing to your painful knees. As one of the largest joints in your body, the knee is subjected to many strains and stresses all day long, including weight-bearing activities like walking and climbing. Repeated bending, sitting, lifting and other activities can take their toll as well. The most common sources of knee pain include:
arthritis, or inflammation of the joint itself
ligament injuries, like tears of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL)
sports injuries, car accidents, and slip-and-fall accidents
injuries caused by twisting of the joint
repetitive stress and overuse injuries
wearing shoes that don't fit properly
being obese or overweight
Some types of lower back issues can also cause knee pain. Having your knee pain evaluated is the first step in ensuring you get the best treatment for resolution of pain, inflammation, and other issues.
The first step in diagnosis is having a complete physical examination of the joint to look for signs of inflammation, including swelling, redness and tenderness in or near the joint. During the exam, range-of-motion exercises may be used to help determine when and how pain and other symptoms occur. Your joint will be carefully felt to determine if there are any specific points of pain and to feel how the joint reacts during bending and extension. Diagnostic imaging studies like x-rays or CT scans may also be ordered, and of course, a complete medical history will also be taken to look for any clues or risk factors.
Many types of knee pain can be successfully treated with medications to help relieve pain and inflammation combined with physical therapy, hot and cold therapy and stretching to restore strength and flexibility in the joint. Your therapy program will be tailored to your specific needs.
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