Athletes and health buffs in New Jersey’s most populous county aren’t the only ones at risk of developing knee pain sometime throughout their lives. To identify the possible cause of the condition, doctors typically look into different factors like overall health, hereditary conditions, predisposition to injury, and others. So, what exactly are the major causes of knee pain for Bergen County residents?
Injuries like ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) or meniscus tears could cause horrible cases of knee pain in patients. ACL injuries are caused by tears in the joints connecting the shinbone to the thighbone, and meniscus injuries stem from suddenly twisting your knee while you’re carrying something heavy, tearing up your legs’ natural shock absorbers.
An article in Mayoclinic.com says that another common cause of leg pain are mechanical problems within the knee structure itself, including:
• Loose body. Sometimes injury or degeneration of bone or cartilage can cause a piece of bone or cartilage to break off and float in the joint space.
• Iliotibial band syndrome. This occurs when the ligament that extends from the outside of your pelvic bone to the outside of your tibia (iliotibial band) becomes so tight that it rubs against the outer portion of your femur.
• Dislocated kneecap. This occurs when the triangular bone (patella) that covers the front of your knee slips out of place, usually to the outside of your knee.
• Hip or foot pain. If you have hip or foot pain, you may change the way you walk to spare these painful joints. But this altered gait can place more stress on your knee joint. In some cases, problems in the hip or foot can refer pain to the knee.
Medical conditions like arthritis could also bring about knee pain. Among the more than 100 types of arthritis, those that can take a toll on your knees include: (1) knee osteoarthritis where the articular cartilage degenerates, (2) post-traumatic arthritis caused by injury, and (3) rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disease that results in the inflammation of flexible joints.
If you have any of these conditions and you experience knee pain, be sure to call up and consult with reliable practices like the MedWell Spine, OsteoArthritis & Neuropathy Center for the appropriate Bergen County knee pain treatment.
Knee pain is something that you don’t have to live with, not when there are numerous treatment options available. The key is in getting to know your options and identifying which would work best for you.
(Source: Knee Pain, Mayo Clinic)