Why do I have knee pain? And why won't my knee pain go away?
If you're asking yourself this question, you aren't alone.
Knee pain is a very common problem we treat in our Louisville clinics (Mellwood and East End), and while everyone's knee pain is unique to them, there are some common struggles we hear.
Knee Pain When Going Up And Down Stairs
One of our most common complaints is from patients who experience knee pain when they’re going up or down stairs. You might also experience pain when you are doing deep squats or even just bending down on your knee.
The most common diagnosis for these, depending on your specific symptoms, is typically what’s called Patellofemoral Syndrome.
This is where your kneecap is resting against your femur bone and it’s having too much pressure and compression there.
Typically one of the biggest complaints with this is pain when you’re going downstairs.
This is because your quad muscle is not doing enough work to hold your kneecap off of the joint and so it’s causing pain.
As well as the immediate pain, this condition can make it can be very scary, and leave you anxious to go up and down stairs because you're afraid of your knee giving way and having a serious fall.
And if left untreated, your knee pain can develop into more serious pain and lead to weakness which makes you vulnerable to a fall down the stairs.
Is My Knee Pain Caused By Sitting Too Long?
The other big knee pain complaint is if you sit for a long period of time and you feel like you’re constantly having to move because of knee pain, which is typically a Patellofemoral sign as well.
The same thing goes with deep squats because that kneecap is rubbing up against that bone and causing your pain.
One of the things that you really want to work on with this is your lower quad strength and your hip strength because your hips actually play a very large part in your knee pain.
Your hips typically are weak, which will then cause the knee and the kneecap to ride against it because it’s not getting the support it needs from the additional muscles.
If you aren't sure how to strengthen your hips, without injuring your knee when you exercise, our team is here to help.
One way to get the expert advice you need is to arrange a Free Telephone Consultation where you can speak to an expert physical therapist in Louisville, and learn more about the power of the correct exercises for getting long-term relief to knee pain.
Simply call us on 502.509.3136 or click HERE to arrange your Free Telephone Consultation.
Is My Knee Pain Caused By Osteoarthritis?
The other most common diagnosis is Osteoarthritis.
Our knees take a lot of beating because they’re the biggest function of doing activities.
They have a great range of motion and they take a lot of pounding from walking, stairs, running, and squats.
What happens over time is when your muscles aren’t strong enough or they are too tight, they can cause imbalances in your knee’s range of motion and your strength.
It can pull on one side more than the other, which can then eventually cause some arthritis with enough compression and rubbing.
This can cause an addition of bone growth of cartilage that can be uneven and cause pain when you rub up against it.
To help reduce this, you want to make sure that you have enough range of motion.
If you notice that you’re not able to bend your knee or straighten it as much as you want to, work on those motions.
The more motion you keep for longer, the better you’re going to be able to walk and function later in life.
Then, again, you want to strengthen those hips.
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Is Your Footwear Leading To Your Knee Pain?
The final piece of advice that we know is very powerful for treating knee pain is to remember the importance of footwear.
Knee pain can also sometimes come from the feet up, so you want to make sure that you’re wearing good shoes!
Changing your foot footwear about every six months, if you’re a pretty good exerciser, is very important.
Shoes break down and they lose their structure and support so that’s why we need to replace them.
Otherwise, your foot could be over-pronating and causing symptoms up into your knee.
It's a simple thing to do, and could massively reduce the amount of knee pain you're suffering from.
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