The knee is one of the largest and most complicated joints in the body. It is made up of many different components, including 4 bones and 14 ligaments, which allow us to have dynamic mobility. Because of its complex makeup, the knee is vulnerable to various types of injuries.
Over the course of an average human life, a person walks over 100,000 miles. Simply put, our knees see a lot of wear and tear. Common knee injuries include arthritis complications, fractures, dislocation, and ligament & tendon injuries. The knee is also the most common site where individuals experience joint pain. This type of pain ranges from mild irritation to completely debilitating.
Knee pain can be divided into three major categories, which include:
An acute injury of the knee joint is one of the most common causes of knee pain. These types of injuries often include sprains or strains that are caused by a direct blow to the knee or from a sudden twist of the knee. The most common acute knee injuries include:
- A tear in the rubbery cushions of the knee joint (meniscus)
- Breaks (fracture) of the kneecap
- Kneecap dislocation
Arthritis is another common cause of knee pain. Two common types of knee arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis is a condition where the cartilage of the knee gradually wears away, causing the bone to rub on bone. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that affects the whole body and can cause inflammation of the joints
Overuse injuries of the knee are the result of microtrauma due to performing a repetitive motion. The most common overuse knee injuries include runner’s knee, IT band syndrome, and patellar tendinitis.
Some other common causes of knee pain include:
Symptoms of Knee Pain
Common symptoms of knee pain include:
- Constant ache
- Sharp, shooting pain
- Swelling and stiffness
- Warmth to the touch
- Weakness or instability
- Inability to fully straighten the knee
Treatment for Knee Pain
Rejuvinix treats patients with new, revolutionary non-surgical treatments. With our unique team approach and advanced equipment, we are able to start healing you faster than traditional methods.
Rejuvinix is the only medical practice in our practice areas to have the AlterG anti-gravity treadmill. Using this innovative piece of equipment in combination with our treatments helps reduce pain and increase mobility faster. Our series of treatments are non-invasive and require no downtime. Other treatment options for knee pain include: