formed by the lower end of the femur, upper end of the tibia and the patella or knee cap, the knee is one of the largest joints in the human body, and special cartilaginous tissues known as menisci are placed between the two articular ends of the joint, which act as a kind of cushion to absorb shock during movement.
Several muscles and ligaments are attached to the bones of the knee joint to assist in maintaining normal motion of the joint.
An injury to the knee can result in knee pain, which can impact the quality of life and restrict your movement. Regardless of your age, is a common condition that affects individuals of all age groups, particularly if you are active.
Some common knee pain causes can include:
- Knee ligament injuries
- Dislocated kneecap
- Knee bursitis
- Baker’s cyst
Diagnosing knee conditions should never be left untreated to avoid further issues at a later age, and should always be evaluated by your doctor or a local specialist such as Dr Hardas in Sydney.
Specialisted diagnosis including X-rays, MRI scan, ultrasound and CT scans can assist in finding the underlying problem, or if it is infection-related, blood tests may be required.
Depending on the cause, treatment options can be simply matter of rest, with ice or heat application, possibly non-steroid anti-inflammatory medication, or physical therapy.
More serious knee pain treatment may involve a knee arthroscopy, which is a surgical procedure to examine the internal structure of the joint.
It is recommended if you are experiencing any inability to walk, problems bending the knee or even redness and swelling that you should contact Spinal Care for an immediate consultation.