What’s to Blame for Your Knee Pain?

By St Helena Sports Medicine
April 15, 2016

Knee pain is something most of us have experienced at one time or another. Activities like playing sports and exercising can contribute to knee pain because it puts strain on our muscles. For some, knee pain can be excruciating, which affects quality of life. If you’re experiencing severe knee pain, there are several things that can be contributing factors.  See your doctor as soon as possible to determine which may be the contributing factor for your knee pain.

Arthritis
This chronic degenerative condition is quite often the reason for severe knee pain and may require surgery. If you suffer from rheumatoid arthritis, post-traumatic arthritis or osteoarthritis, you may have trouble bending your knee due to stiffness and swelling.

Injured Knee Ligament
Your thigh bone connects to your lower leg bones via your ligaments, holding your bones together and stabilizing your knee. When you sprain or tear a ligament in your knee, this can bring on significant knee pain and you may need surgery.

Cartilage Tear
The end of your bones are covered with a tough, flexible tissue called cartilage. This cartilage can be found on both sides of your knee joint – a medial meniscus (inside the knee) and a lateral meniscus (outside the knee). When you experience a meniscus tear that means you’ve torn your knee cartilage, a condition that also generally calls for surgery.

Determining Your Type of Knee Pain
Visit your doctor to address your extreme knee pain. He or she will perform a physical exam and consult your x-rays to help pinpoint the cause of your pain. Be prepared to talk about the level of pain you are experiencing, as well as demonstrate how flexible and functional the affected knee is. During your doctor visit, be sure to ask your doctor any questions and share any concerns to help understand your condition and the best method of treatment. 
Do you want to learn more about what is causing your knee pain? Contact Napa Vacaville Sports Medicine and Orthopaedics.

For more information about muscle and joint health, contact us today.  You can reach us directly at 707.258.2547 in Napa or 707.446.6206 in Vacaville.  We look forward to meeting you.

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