The causes of knee pain are not always so clear-cut. If you have been suffering from chronic knee pain, you might already have explored various ways of pain relief such as medication, hot or cold compress, and elevation. Yet when the root causes of knee pain are not addressed, you can continue to suffer and the pain may get worse over time.
If you still haven’t found the right treatment, it might help to look into lesser-known causes for your knee pain.
You are overweight by around 10 pounds or more.
10 pounds may not seem like a lot when it comes to excess weight, but when it comes to knee pain, it can be a serious problem. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that chronic pain problems affect obese people significantly more than those with average weight.
In case of knee pain, every one pound of excess weight translates to around four pounds of extra pressure on your knee joint. Therefore, 10 pounds overweight means 40 pounds of extra pressure on your knees. The more weight presses on your knees, the more stressed they become, resulting in more wear, tear, and pain.
Something of great concern happens when you often lack enough sleep— your whole central nervous system changes. Studies have found a link between knee pain and lack of sleep, in the way that you can become hypersensitive to pain due to central sensitization.
This means that you feel more pain even when there is less provocation. This makes it harder to get more sleep, and without sleep, your body finds it more difficult to recover from knee pain, turning into a vicious cycle.
You suffered an injury in your youth.
Did you suffer from dislocated joints, a torn cartilage, ACL strains and tears, or ligament injuries when you were younger? These injuries might be coming back to haunt you in the form of knee pain. The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Skin Diseases (NIAMS) claim that previously-injured knee joints are at higher risk for pain letter in life than those that have not been injured. In fact, you have six times more risk of developing knee pain if you’ve suffered from such injuries before.
Once you’ve pinpointed the true causes of your knee pain, you stand a better chance of getting the right knee pain treatment in Bergen County. Experts can recommend non-surgical approaches such as hyalgan injection and other types of knee pain injections appropriate for your case.
Finally, you may also benefit from a holistic approach to knee pain relief to ensure that you remain pain-free for a long time.
6 Surprising Chronic Pain Triggers, articles.mercola.com
Slideshow: Surprising Reasons You’re in Pain, webmd.com