Knee pain is a common complaint that can be caused by various conditions, including tendonitis, ligament sprains, arthritis, and meniscus injuries. These conditions can result in discomfort, swelling, instability, and limited mobility.
Tendonitis refers to the inflammation of tendons, which are thick cords that connect muscles to bones. Knee tendonitis can occur due to overuse, repetitive movements, or direct injury to the tendons surrounding the knee joint. Symptoms may include pain, swelling, and difficulty with activities that involve bending or straightening the knee.
Ligament sprains occur when the ligaments, which connect bones and provide stability to the knee joint, are stretched or torn. The severity of a sprain can range from mild to severe, depending on the extent of the injury. Ligament sprains can result from sudden twisting or a direct blow to the knee. Symptoms may include pain, swelling, instability, and difficulty bearing weight on the affected leg.
Arthritis is a condition characterized by inflammation of the joints, and it can affect the knee joint as well. The two most common types of arthritis that affect the knee are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition that involves the breakdown of cartilage in the knee joint. Rheumatoid arthritis, on the other hand, is an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation and damage to the joints. Both types of arthritis can lead to knee pain, stiffness, swelling, and decreased range of motion.
Meniscus injuries involve damage to the C-shaped cartilage discs (menisci) located between the thighbone and shinbone in the knee joint. These injuries can occur due to sudden twisting or forceful movements of the knee. Meniscus injuries can cause knee pain, swelling, stiffness, and a feeling of locking or catching in the joint.
It is important to consult a healthcare professional for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan for knee pain. Dr. Jack and his team will evaluate specific symptoms, perform necessary tests or imaging, and provide appropriate recommendations based on the underlying condition and its severity. Proper management and early intervention can help alleviate knee pain, improve function, and prevent further complications.