Are you experiencing knee pain, swelling, or stiffness? Do you have trouble walking comfortably or engaging in your favorite sports? Does knee pain wake you up at night? If so, you may benefit from making some changes that can help your knees. Choosing knee-supporting activities can make a big difference in how your knees feel.
The team at Motion Medical Center in Gardnerville, Nevada, wants to help you with your knee pain. Dr. Chris Blaha provides a full range of diagnostic and treatment options, and he also helps people understand what may be causing their knee pain.
Causes of knee pain
Your knee is a complex joint made up of bones, ligaments, tendons, and cartilage. It is one of the largest joints in your body. Knee pain is a common problem. Although it can affect men and women of all ages, its likelihood increases with age. Knee pain has many possible causes, including:
- An injury to a ligament, such as the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) that connects your shin bone to your thigh bone
- A fracture to one of the bones in your knee
- A tear in the cartilage of your knee, such as the meniscus
- Bursitis (inflammation of the fluid-filled sacs in your knee)
- Fluid buildup within your knee
- Tight muscles or other tissues (such as the iliotibial band between your hip and knee)
- Osteoarthritis (arthritis that develops as a result of wear and tear on your knee)
- Rheumatoid arthritis (an autoimmune condition that causes joint pain)
- Gout or other types of arthritis
- Athletic injuries
- Being overweight or obese
No matter the cause of your knee pain, some common activities may make it worse. For example:
The jumping and twisting that you do while playing basketball can cause problems with your knee or worsen an already achy knee.
Repeated impact of your feet on pavement can cause stress to your knees.
An exercise class that has you doing a lot of jumping can be very hard on your knees.
Jobs that strain your knees
Tasks that require lots of bending, twisting, and squatting tax your knees, especially if your leg muscles are weak or tight.
Wearing the wrong shoes
Your knees may complain if you wear high heels or shoes that lack arch support.
A sedentary lifestyle
It’s not an activity — in fact, a sedentary lifestyle is the definition of inactivity. Not exercising contributes to knee pain when it leads to weight gain. A low fitness level also is associated with weak muscles that increase the risk of certain knee ailments.
If the activities you do worsen your knee pain, consider changing things up to protect your knees. Low-impact exercises that put less strain on knees include swimming, walking, cycling (outdoor or indoor stationary), and strength training.
Helping your knees feel better
If you have knee pain, Dr. Blaha conducts a thorough exam to diagnose the cause of your pain. He may recommend imaging tests, such as an X-ray or MRI, to learn more about your condition.
After arriving at a diagnosis, Dr. Blaha develops a personalized treatment plan for you that may include chiropractic adjustments, soft tissue therapy, electrical nerve stimulation, or other treatments. He also works with you to identify lifestyle changes, such as weight loss or strengthening exercises, that could relieve your pain.
Don’t put up with knee pain any longer. Contact us to make an appointment with Motion Medical Center today.