Knee Pain

Knee Pain Treatment Nashville

Knee Pain

Our knees take a lot of force. So it’s not unusual to feel knee pain at some time in our lives. They support the weight of the body and keep us upright and stable and cushion us when we walk and run. So it’s not unusual to feel knee pain at some time in our lives.

People of all ages experience knee pain. When we’re younger, it’s commonly linked to overuse or injury. But as we get older, it’s often caused b arthritis. Less commonly, knee pain is linked to things like joint infection, lupus, gout or cancer.

Causes of Knee pain

Osteoarthritis of the Knee

Knee pain may come from a gradual breakdown of your knee’s cartilage. That’s a protective tissue on the ends of your bones. A knee with osteoarthritis cartilage begins to wear away. Bone rubs against bone. Bony bumps we call “bone spurs” may form.

Your risk for osteoarchritis of the knee is higher if you have a job that puts a lot of stress on your knees.

Symptoms include pain, swelling and stiffness. You may have trouble ending or extending your knee. It may feel weak, lock or buckle when you walk. 

Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome

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This is a pain you feel just below your patella (the bone we commonly call the “kneecap”). It’s an injury to your patellar tendon, which connects the bottom of the kneecap to the shinbone.

It hurts more with activity. It may hurt so much that it’s hard for you to get up out of a chair or to walk up stairs.

You can injure your patellar tendon if you stress it with a lot of physical activity or due to a muscle imbalance of the leg.

Patellar Tendinitis

Patellar tendonitis, commonly experienced as pain just below the kneecap, is an affliction of the patellar tendon that connects the kneecap to the shinbone. This condition often arises from excessive stress on the tendon due to rigorous physical activities, particularly those involving running and jumping. Factors such as tight thigh muscles, hamstring rigidity, or a muscle imbalance within the legs further contribute to the likelihood of sustaining a patellar tendon injury.

Symptoms of this injury include a pronounced pain located between the kneecap and the shin, which intensifies during physical activity and can significantly hinder daily activities, such as rising from a chair or ascending stairs.

Meniscus Tear

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A meniscus tear is a prevalent knee injury involving the tear of one of the two C-shaped cartilages, known as menisci, that serve as cushions within the knee joint.

These tears typically result from physical activities that involve sudden twisting or rotation of the knee, as well as actions like kneeling, squatting, or heavy lifting. The risk of experiencing a meniscus tear increases with age as the menisci naturally become thinner and more brittle.

Symptoms of a meniscus tear often include a popping sensation in the knee, accompanied by pain, difficulty in straightening the leg, swelling, stiffness, and occasionally the knee locking in place.

Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injuries in Women

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The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is a critical component in stabilizing the knee joint, stretching from the bottom of the femur to the top of the tibia. It is susceptible to injury through twisting or hyperextension of the knee.

Interestingly, ACL injuries occur more frequently in women than in men, a phenomenon not entirely understood. Factors contributing to this disparity include anatomical and biomechanical differences. Women’s wider hips result in a greater angle at the knee joint compared to men, potentially increasing stress on the ACL.

Additionally, women generally have more flexible joints, comparatively weaker muscles, and a narrower space around the ACL, all of which may elevate the risk of injury. Behavioral differences, such as the age at which vigorous athletic activities begin, with men typically starting younger, allowing for more conditioning against sports-related stresses, could also play a role in the discrepancy in ACL injury rates between genders.

Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL) Injury

An injury to the lateral collateral ligament (LCL) involves the stretching or tearing of this crucial ligament, which is located on the outer side of the knee and plays a key role in stabilizing the joint. Connecting the femur to the fibula, the LCL, alongside the medial collateral ligament, is instrumental in preventing excessive lateral movement of the knee and maintaining proper alignment between the upper and lower leg.

Such injuries typically occur when the knee is forcefully pushed sideways, often as a result of a strong impact to the knee’s inner side. Depending on the severity, the damage can range from a mild stretch with minor fiber tears to a complete rupture of the LCL.

Symptoms of an LCL injury include pain and swelling on the knee’s outer side, stiffness, a sensation of instability or weakness, and difficulties in movement such as locking or catching. Additionally, some individuals may experience numbness or weakness in the foot following an LCL injury.

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