Chronic Knee Pain
Causes of Knee Pain and its Treatment
Knee pains are a common affliction these days. Are you currently suffering from knee pain? Is there someone you know needs help for his/her knee pain?
Do you want to know more about the causes and the treatments of chronic knee pain?
The knee is one body part that is actively put to work day in and day out. It helps a person go about his daily routines while supporting his very body throughout those activities. The knees depend on some other body parts for proper functioning, namely, the bones, the ligaments (which connect bones), the tendons (which connect muscles to bones), and the cartilage (which acts as cushion and space for knee joints).
A lot of people go to their doctors complaining about various knee problems. Anyone can suffer from knee pain. However, overweight people, professional athletes and/or sports enthusiasts, and aging people are more prone to having this problem. Knee pains may be called acute (abrupt and/or short term) or chronic (continuous and/or long term).
As mentioned earlier, weight problems, overuse, and physical degeneration are some causes. Other causes are various infections, bone fractures or injuries (may be sports or activity related) and diseases like the various forms of arthritis. Take for instance those afflicted with Osteoarthritis. Their cartilage wears away which handicaps the joints, preventing them from properly functioning. Further causes are tendonitis, bursitis, sports injuries, and other joint diseases.
Pain symptoms may be clicking sounds. Pains may be coupled with swelling, bruising, and inflammation. Walking may become severely unbearable and many times impossible. While symptoms may be relieved, the sickness itself must be treated. For instant relief, pain relievers and anti-inflammatory drugs may be prescribed. Cold and warm compress may be applied also. Cortisone shots are options too. However, this form of treatment is not advisable since the steroidal components affect the bones and tissues negatively. Settle with immediate relief in emergency cases only but follow up with serious treatment options. Surgery is also a method but more often used as a last recourse.
A natural treatment option is called Prolotherapy. It is said to naturally stimulate the repair and healing of damaged tendons, ligaments, and cartilage. It actively works on the source of the problem. Many who have undergone this method testify to its effectiveness in permanently eliminating pain. Prolotherapy, is now being used to treat Sports Injuries, Osteoarthritis, Fibromyalgia, Tendonitis, Herniated Discs, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Ligament Sprains, and Plantar Fasciitis.
Always consult a doctor if you experience knee pains. Seek a better and more permanent relief if you suffer from chronic knee pains. Have yourself thoroughly checked by a doctor. Follow orders for x-ray, lifestyle modification, diet modification, activity cessation, and other sensible recommendations. Casts and splints may be used to help rest the knees.