Your knees are one of the major joints in your body, just about every activity you do uses them. If you have a history of patella discomfort or stiffness, you should first diagnose the root problem, then try to fix it as quick as possible. There are many causes of knee pain and stiffness, it may take some studying to find out what is causing your pain.
The first thing you should look for is the location of the knee pain. Do your patellas hurt on the sides, in the anterior, below, above, or behind the knee? Different locations of knee pain are commonly caused by different things. For example, if you have pain behind the knee it could mean you have a Baker’s cyst which is a build up of fluid behind the knee, normally caused by a trauma to the cartilage.
After you have the location figured out, assess the type of symptoms that you’re experiencing. Are you feeling swelling, stiffness, redness, is the painful area warm? Does your knee pop when you bend it or you’re experiencing weakness or instability in the knee? Look for it to lock at any range of motion or if you are unable to straighten it completely. You’ll be able to find out what’s going on much quicker by doing a little observation on yourself and figure out where the pain is and what the symptoms are. Don’t be afraid to seek professional medical help if the pain is getting worse or if it is unbearable.
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After you know your symptoms and the location of your knee pain, you can begin looking for the possible causes. There are far too much to list in this brief article. However, I’ll cover some general areas to get you started in the proper direction. The first cause we’ll look at is an injury. If you recall hurting your knee this could be your problem. A couple of the most common injuries are patella bursitus, damaged meniscus, ACL trauma, and patellar tendinitis.
If you do not remember specifically hurting your knee, the pain could be from a mechanical problem or some form of arthritis in your knee. Mechanical problems are sometimes caused by smaller injuries or misalignments of your body, like being flat footed. Arthritis is a state that appears in people who’re very hard on their knees or are just getting older. Several different kinds of knee arthritis are osteoarthritis, gout, and the most serious, rheumatoid arthritis.
What causes arthritis pain in the knee
Arthritis: This is an inflammatory disease. These when affects the knee joint, causes pain and swelling in the area. There are various types of arthritis that may have an impact on the knees that include osteoarthritis, rheumatic arthritis, septic arthritis, gout, etc.
Doing a thorough self examination will enable you and your doctor figure out what is wrong with your knee in the shortest amount of time. Figure out your symptoms and to attempt to remember any specific injuries or occurrences of pain during the past so you can find the reason for the pain, then work to get rid of it.