UNDERSTANDING KNEE PAIN
When you suffer from knee pain, it can feel like you’ve been robbed of the things you love to do most. Understanding your knee pain is the first step in figuring out how to get back to doing what you love the best you can.
WHAT IS KNEE PAIN?
Your knees — they're among the most important joints in your body. They support your weight and provide stability and a “hinge” to help keep your body moving. But, between standing, walking, running, jumping, crouching and turning, it’s easy to see how there are plenty of ways to experience knee pain. Remember: see your doctor first before you begin any treatment of if your pain gets worse or persists.
WHAT CAUSES KNEE PAIN?
Some causes of knee pain include :
- Injuries. Some common injuries include fractures in the knee bones, a torn meniscus (rubbery cartilage between thighbone and shinbone that absorbs shock), patellar tendinitis (inflammation and irritation of one or more tendons), and a torn ACL (anterior cruciate ligament), just to name a few.
- Mechanical Problems. Some examples include a dislocated knee cap; IT band syndrome (tightness of the iliotibial band of tissue running from the hip to the knee); and a loose body, or "floating" piece of bone or cartilage that breaks off in the joint space.
"Get back to doing what you love the best you can."
HOW CAN I GET RELIEF FROM KNEE PAIN?
Exercises and stretching. Consult with your doctor to set up a treatment plan.