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Suffering From Knee Discomfort?

Knee discomfort and pain affects many people and it can limit you in the things you do every day.  Knee discomfort and pain can make walking, standing and going up and down stairs difficult.  People of all ages experience knee pain and discomfort that restrict them from their leisure activities.  If left untreated, common knee injuries can become more complicated and lead to increased pain, joint damage or even disability.

The knee joint is one of the most important joints in the body.  It allows us to bend and straighten our legs.  The knee is made up of three major bones, the femur (thigh bone), the tibia (shin bone), and the fibula (located on the outside of the femur and the shin bones).  These bones are covered by cartilage and supported by the meniscus – a weight bearing C-shaped structure (located in the knee joint between the femur and tibia)  that serves as a shock absorber, and stabilizing ligaments  (fibrous tissue)  that connect the bones (femur and tibia) and

together.  These structures can become injured when we suffer trauma or from daily wear and tear on the joint.

Risk factors that may cause knee pain:

  • Poor muscle strength and flexibility
  • Poor knee mechanics (alignment of the knee cap in relation to the hip and ankle position) when running or walking
  • Excess weight
  • Previous injury to the area

 

It is important to address the cause of your knee pain.  It starts with an appropriate plan of care.

Common conditions that cause knee pain:

  • Osteoarthritis/Arthritis: breakdown of cartilage at the end of the bones
  • Patellar Tendonitis/Patellofemoral Pain: inflammation in the patella (kneecap) tendon; or poor tracking of the patella
  • Bursitis: inflammation of the bursa (fluid filled sac that provides cushioning around the knee bones) due to trauma or friction
  • Torn Meniscus– tears in meniscus due to trauma or wear and tear over time
  • Ligament Tears– torn ligament due to trauma or wear and tear over time

 

Signs and symptoms of knee injuries include:

  • Pain/ Achiness
  • Swelling/Stiffness
  • Popping, Crunching or Grinding
  • Muscle Weakness and Joint Instability

Surgery is not always the answer to knee pain.  It is, however, important to address the cause of your knee pain and discomfort without delay.  The expert Physical Therapists at Loudoun Sports Therapy Center can help. Schedule an evaluation with us to receive a thorough assessment of your lower body and an individualized plan of care to help improve strength, range of motion and stability so you get back to walking, standing and all your favorite activities fast.

We are committed to helping you get RESULTS!  CALL Loudoun Sports Therapy Center TODAY at 703-450-4300.

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By Shannon O’Donnell, MS, ATC

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