Knee pain is a pain in any part of the bony structure of the knee. It is a common complaint between adults and athletes associated with daily activities. Knee pain may start suddenly after an injury or exercise like running, playing sports, walking, bending, standing, and lifting. Home remedies can be helpful unless the pain becomes severe.
Common causes of knee pain:
- Overweight and obesity.
- Overusing your knee as in exercising and climbing.
- Medical Conditions such as Arthritis, Knee osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid, Tendinitis, and Sprained ligaments.
- Medical emergency cases that require immediate attention, such as Meniscus injuries, Fractures, and Dislocation.
Symptoms of Knee Pain:
- Pain, usually when you bend or straighten the knee or go downstairs.
- Limping or difficulty walking.
- Redness and swelling of the knee.
- Locking of the knee (unable to bend the knee).
When should you see a doctor for knee pain?
- If you tried home remedies and got rest but didn't get better.
- If your pain lasts for days.
- If you were unable to walk or discomfort while walking, significant pain, and fever.
How are knee problems diagnosed?
- The doctor may ask you to do some examines, which can help him see what might be causing your symptoms, such as Radiologic tests, Blood tests, and Joint fluid culture.
- Treatment varies according to the factors that can cause your knee pain. Your doctor may prescribe medications according to your condition. Sometimes physical therapy sessions make it better.
- The doctor may need to inject medications directly into your knee. The two most commonly used injections are corticosteroids and lubricants. Corticosteroid injections can help arthritis and other inflammations of the knee. They usually need to be repeated every few months. Lubricants are fluids similar to those that already exist in your knee joint and can help relieve pain during movement.