The knee is one of the largest and most complicated joints in the body. It is made up of multiple components, including four bones and 14 ligaments, which provide us with dynamic mobility. Due to its complex structure, 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
- Ligament tears
- Tendon tears
The knee is the most common site where individuals experience joint pain, and this type of pain can range from mild irritation to completely debilitating.
Knee pain can be divided into three major categories:
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, which can be caused by a direct blow to the knee or from a sudden twist. The most frequently seen acute knee injuries include:
- Meniscus tears
- ACL tears
- Kneecap dislocations
- Kneecap fractures
Arthritis is another prevalent cause of knee pain. The two most common types of knee arthritis are:
Osteoarthritis is a condition where the knee’s cartilage gradually wears away, causing bone to rub on bone, which leads to friction and pain in the region.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that affects the entire body and causes inflammation of the knee joints.
Overuse injuries of the knee are the result of microtrauma from performing a repetitive motion. The overuse knee injuries that occur most often are:
Also known as patellofemoral pain syndrome, runner’s knee is a condition that develops where the patella connects to the femur. This condition can cause pain in or around the kneecap, especially when you are active or after sitting for long periods of time. Another sign that you may be suffering from runner’s knee is if you experience a grinding or clicking sound when you bend or straighten your knee.
IT Band Syndrome
The IT band, or iliotibial band, is a strong band of fibrous tissues that run from the outside of your thigh to the top of your shin. IT band syndrome is a frequently seen overuse injury where the IT band becomes irritated from rubbing against other structures in the knee. This condition is characterized by an aching or burning pain on the outside of your knee.
Patellar tendinitis is a condition that occurs when the tendon that connects your patella to your tibia becomes inflamed. This tendon, known as the patella tendon, enables you to extend your knee but can be irritated by repetitive jumping.
Knee Pain Symptoms
You may be suffering from one of the above conditions if you experience the following symptoms in your knee:
- Constant ache
- Sharp, shooting pain
- Swelling and stiffness
- Inability to full straighten your leg
- Warmth to the touch
- Weakness or instability
Knee Pain Treatment
Rejuvinix treats patients with new and revolutionary non-surgical treatments. With our unique team-oriented approach and advanced equipment, we are able to begin your healing journey considerably faster than traditional methods.
Rejuvinix is the only medical practice in the area to use the AlterG anti-gravity treadmill. Using this innovative piece of equipment in combination with our other treatments, we can help reduce pain and increase mobility in a short period of time. Our series of treatments are minimally invasive and require no downtime, and include the following:
At Rejuvinix, we offer a variety of personalized treatments to help you find relief from your knee pain. To learn more about which treatment is right for you, request an appointment today!