OrthoNeuro Blog

6 Mar

When Should You See a Specialist for Knee Pain?

by Boston Gregg

bigstock-Young-Sport-Man-With-Athletic--118751336.jpgKnee pain is the second most common cause of chronic pain.

Knee pain can stem from any number of reasons such as ligament injuries, cartilage tears, arthritis, obesity and so on. Strains and acute injuries can be managed at home while more serious knee problems brought on by arthritis, degeneration, and obesity will more likely demand a specialist's attention.

Doctors diagnose the source of knee injuries/pain by using MRI's and physical evaluation. The patient will be asked questions on pain severity, levels of flexibility, function and overall mobility.

Arthritis is very common in adults over 50. Arthritis can be brought on by factors such as age, obesity, and genetics. To prevent or treat arthritis consider staying physically active and maintaining an average weight.

Osteoarthritis of the knee is the most common form of arthritis in adults. It is also known as wear-and-tear arthritis because the cartilage between the joints in the knee wears away. When the cartilage is gone, the bones rub against each other and it typically causes pain, swelling, loss of range of motion, and stiffness. The most common age for someone to get osteoarthritis is around 45 years old. Women are more likely to get osteoarthritis than men. Tiger Woods and Dorothy Hamill both suffer from osteoarthritis of the knee.

The Arthritis Foundation recommends these 7 tips to help prevent/treat arthritis:

  • Stretch and warm up before exercise. Cool down afterwards.
  • Don't overdo it. If you experience knee pain when exercising, stop and cool down.
  • Wear properly fitting shoes.
  • Avoid running on hard surfaces like asphalt and concrete when possible.
  • Avoid twisting your knees.
  • Wear protective sports equipment.
  • Stop exercising if you injure your knee and seek treatment.

Degeneration in the knees is common with age. Obesity can speed up degeneration making knee pain worse. Once arthritis and knee pain get in the way of your life, it's time to see a specialist. An orthopedic specialist can give you the type of focused care needed to help reduce the pain.

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