What Causes Knee Pain

Jan 28, 2015

Nobody wants to deal with pain in the knee, but it’s something that many people have to live with in one way or another.Our knees take

Our knees take the incredible stress and are built to handle much of it. Just think about the power of our joints: the best that we can do in the realm of artificial knees is to create one that can last up to 20 years.

Our natural bodies usually last five times longer.

To help ourselves last that long, it helps to take it easy on our knees. The pain we may experience in our knees, however, can happen through sports or accident injuries, certain kinds of arthritis or repeated use.

The pain we may experience in our knees, however, can occur through sports or accident injuries, certain types of arthritis or repeated use.

The most common knee problems concern the anterior cruciate ligament, more commonly called the ACL. This is one of the ligaments that bring together the thighbone and the shin bone. It’s usually torn when there is too much stress during a highly active sport that involves running and quick pivoting.

The meniscus lies between the shin and thigh, dispelling the friction and bumps. Twisting a knee that is holding body weight can rip this cartilage.

Inside the knee is the bursae, which is a liquid-filled bag that provides a soft place around the knee joint for all of the connecting tissue to move with fluid motion. When this part gets pinched, it may inflame causing bursitis. The same thing can happen in your shoulders.

Tendinitis happens when the tendons of the knee become inflamed from overuse. Anyone who plays sports involving repeated use of the legs, such as runners, climbers and skaters can suffer from it.

Sometimes a piece of bone or soft tissue can break apart from the rest of the knee, getting caught inside the joint and keeping it from working properly.

The Iliotibial band is the ligament that runs from your pelvis to the tibia. This band can tighten until it scuffs against the femur. The condition is known as Iliotibial band syndrome.

When the kneecap becomes dislodged, the patella can slide to the outside of the knee joint.

When you change the way that you walk because of pain in the foot or the hip, that can also put stress on the knee and hurt it as well.

Arthritis is another category of pain in the knee. The most common kind is osteoarthritis, which is typically caused by aging and the breakdown of the cartilage in the knee.

Rheumatoid arthritis is a condition that may affect any joint in a permanent way that comes and goes. It can be present in some people from a very young age, and can sometimes even be treated from a Chiropractic Adjustment.

Gout is the increase of uric crystals in the body, becoming entrenched in a joint and causing intense pain.

These are many of the most common causes of knee pain, covering every stage of life from youth to octogenarian. If you feel that you may be suffering from any of these, speak to your local chiropractor or orthopedist.