Dealing with knee pain? Looking to find out the cause? Millions of people each year deal with knee pain ranging from a minor annoyance to debilitating pain. But what is the cause? Below we discuss 3 of the major causes.
3 major potential causes of pain in the knee:
- Meniscal injury- The meniscus of your knee serves to lubricate and cushion the joint surface allowing for smooth gliding pain-free motion. People who participate in sports with repetitive motions such as power lifters, soccer players, etc. are likely to suffer a tear in the meniscus. Over-time the meniscus may fray and cause painful clicking or popping.
- Muscle/ligamentous injury- Ligament tears and strains such as an ACL sprain is a common cause of knee pain an athletic population. Those who are involved in sports such as basketball where a lot of pivoting is involved are susceptible to such injury’s. Often these injury’s are acute and cause swelling.
- Arthritic change- Arthritis is largely a disease of increased weight-bearing. As we age we tend to become less active (our weight usually climbs with this); our bones and joints hate this! Cartilage relies on movement for nutrition. Without the appropriate nutrition the joints and bones begin to wear and become inflamed leading to extra wear and tear on the body.
All of these conditions lead to (or are a result of) improper biomechanics and muscle imbalance’s.
Prevention Is Key! If you are young and active and experiencing discomfort now is the time to make the necessary changes to prevent the problem from getting worse. If you are older, there is no better time.
By correcting muscle imbalances and restoring proper biomechanics we can find relief and prevent the problem from spiraling.
Not sure where to start? Contact me and get out of pain today.
2 thoughts on “Do You Have Knee Pain?”
Dr. Ellis, are there any nutritional supplements you would recommend to improve joint function for an aging athlete?
Hi Ian, I do recommend a healthy dose of Omega-3 ( at least 2g per day). Some people also find relief with glucosamine and chondroiton products. These products may help to retain fluid and lubricate the joints and cartilage.