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Chronic Knee Pain
Chronic knee pain includes all types of severe pain affecting the entire knee or even a specific area of the knee. The knee is one of the most commonly used joints in the body and such chronic pain symptoms are usually debilitating, affecting the quality of life.
Treatment and management of chronic knee pain will depend on the underlying condition that has caused it.
Some people are at a greater risk of chronic knee pain than others. Risk factors include:
- Previous trauma or injuries to the knee
- Physical exercise
- Athletic activity
- Being overweight or obese
Causes of chronic knee pain
There are several factors that can cause knee pain, which gradually increases in severity leading to chronic knee pain:
Those who have a more physical lifestyle are a higher risk of knee pain than those with a sedentary lifestyle. In such cases, the main cause is usually an inflammation of the tendons that pass over the kneecap (patella) connecting the thigh muscles to the shinbone.
Excessive physical activity or intensive activity after a long time could cause a strain on these tendons, causing them to be inflamed and painful. This condition is known as tendonitis and is not serious. However, if the individual overexerts an already strained tendon the tendon can become damaged leading to chronic knee pain.
Knee ligament and cartilage injuries
Besides the tendons at the front of the kneecap, there are various other tendons that keep the knee stable. Due to sports or unusual movements, these ligaments, too, can become inflamed or even torn leading to severe knee pain. Such cases can be so severe that surgery is recommended to remove the affected tendons.
The cartilage, on the other hand, covers the ends of your bones to provide lubrication between bones. The cartilage around the knee bones is called menisci, and these menisci can be torn causing a meniscus tear. This causes chronic knee pain that typically requires surgery.
This is a degenerative condition that gradually causes the bones at the knee or any other body part to deteriorate. When arthritis of the knee happens, the knees become stiff and swollen, and eventually, the knees will be very painful to move.
Repetitive movement of the knee or even kneeling for long periods can cause fluids to build up in the knee joint. It is particularly common among those whose job involves kneeling, hence its name ‘housemaid’s knee’ aka knee bursitis and even sports players. It often causes severe pain accompanied by swelling around the knee that is tender to the touch.
Bleeding into the joint
Due to a serious injury, a condition known as hemarthrosis, bleeding into the knee joint can occur. Some of the common causes include fractures and cruciate ligament tears which cause a major vein or artery to burst or be pierced. Such a condition is noted by swelling, bruising or warmth and can become fairly serious; immediate medical attention is advised.
This happens when uric acid builds up in the body causing crystals to form in the joints. These joints become inflamed and painful, also leading to chronic knee pain. Symptoms of gout in the knee include reddening of the knee and also heat emanating from the knee.
Even though you might have chronic knee pain certain condition can make it even worse, like:
- A sprain or strain
- Injuries of the knee
- Bad posture
- Improper stretching, etc.
Diagnosing Chronic Knee Pain
The diagnosis of chronic knee pain depends on its underlying cause. However, each of these conditions is diagnosed based on a detailed physical examination and anamnesis, X-ray of the affected knee, CT or MRI scans as well as other imaging tests. Your doctor will order the necessary tests and examinations based on your signs and symptoms.
How is chronic knee pain treated?
Each cause of chronic knee pain has a specific type of treatment, which usually includes:
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How to prevent chronic knee pain?
Some causes of chronic knee pain can be prevented by diagnosing and treating them correctly once they occur, during their acute phase. However, there are things that you can do to relieve chronic knee pain.
Usually, chronic knee pain tends to get worse after overuse or physical activity. So, a smart thing to do is to warm up before any physical activity. You should also lose weight if overweight or obese. With every extra pound, you weigh more than you normally should, your knee needs to absorb about 4 extra pounds of pressure when walking or running.
Make sure to wear comfortable shoes. Change your running shoes frequently. Do not wear worn up shoes. Use shoe inserts if necessary which can relieve your knee pain.
What are the most common symptoms of knee pain?
Different people experience different symptoms of chronic knee pain. The cause of the pain normally affects the way you will feel the pain. Knee pain specialists have determined the most common symptoms of this type of pain including constant ache that lasts for more than 12 weeks without pain relief, shooting pain when in use and dull burning discomfort.
Is chronic pain all in my head?
This question is normally asked by people who suffer from chronic pain. They just do not want to accept that they will have to learn to live with this pain. When you feel pain, it is in both, your mind and your body.
Chronic knee pain treatment requires regular assistance from knee pain specialists. However, it is not possible to separate the physical and psychological effects the situation has on you.
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