How to manage or relieve knee pain

How to manage or relieve knee pain

Knee pain is a common complaint that affects people of all ages, and can cause painful and uncomfortable simple activities.

Until the actual onset of pain you may not realize just how much you rely on your knees.

Knee pain is most commonly caused by age-related changes, and arthritis, injury, or excessive knee stress.

There are several risk factors that can contribute to knee pain including overweight or obesity, ageing, prior knee injuries, a sedentary lifestyle, participation in certain sports, and work involving significant knee stress such as jumping, squatting, and bending.

"The knee is a complex joint composed of bones, muscles, ligaments and tendons that all work in a coordinated fashion," said Jeffrey Vakil, MD, an orthopedic joint replacement specialist at Chestnut Hill Hospital with Premier Orthopaedics.

"Any injury to these structures can result in a compromised function that can lead to discomfort and joint pain. Furthermore, problems with the surrounding joints, such as the hips and ankles, can also lead to knee discomfort and pain by altering the normal function of the extremity." Not all knee pain is serious with some knee injuries and degenerative conditions, such as arthritic disease.

Even if deemed minor, knee injuries can contribute to further injuries in the future if not treated appropriately initially.

Over the counter medications, rest and ice, the simple causes of knee pain often clear up on their own.

If your knee pain is the result of an injury, then a health care provider should evaluate you.

Conservative treatment options are always the first step for hip and knee arthritis, followed by consideration of joint replacement surgery under advanced arthritic conditions.

"More and more people are becoming aware of these successes in joint replacement and want to have these procedures done to restore a more normal lifestyle by improving the chronic pain and disability associated with hip and knee arthritis." Knee pain affects people of all ages and although not all knee pain is serious, it is important to manage your pain to prevent further injury.

Connect to relief and take a step towards a knee-free life.

Learn about knee anatomy, common causes of joint pain and simple steps that you can take to lessen the probability of knee damage.

Joint expert Jeffrey Vakil, MD, will discuss effective non-surgical knee pain treatments and the latest innovative joint replacement procedures at Chestnut Hill Hospital.

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