Knee Pain/ Injury Overview in Chillicothe, OH
About Your Knee
Your knee is one of your body’s weight-bearing joints and plays a major role in your mobility. As a hinge joint, it allows your leg to extend and bend back and forth with minimal rotation. Your knee joint is formed by your thigh bone, your shin bone and your kneecap.
Common Knee Injuries
Your knee is a dynamic joint that is susceptible to injury. The importance of your knees means that any knee injury will have an impact on your lifestyle and well-being. If you are experiencing knee pain or concerned about your knee health, review the following list of common knee injuries:
- A sprain is a tear or stretch in a ligament, or fibrous band of tissue that connects bone to other bone. A strain is a tear or stretch in a muscle or a tendon, or fibrous band of tissue that connects muscle to bone. Sprains and strains in the knee can cause pain, swelling, and instability. More serious injuries can cause other problems over time.
- A meniscus tear is a tear in the piece of wedge-shaped cartilage that provides a cushion between your thigh bone and shin bone. Each knee has two menisci. A meniscus tear can result from a single injury or from degeneration over time. Symptoms can include pain, swelling, compromised range of motion in the knee, and/or the sensation that your knee is “giving out.”
- A kneecap fracture is a break in your kneecap or patella, the bone located at the front of your knee joint. It can result from a fall or a sharp blow to the knee. A kneecap fracture typically results in pain and swelling. You may not be able to walk or straighten your knee if the kneecap is fractured. This injury can be significant, and may require you to seek emergency care.
- A kneecap dislocation occurs when the kneecap slips out of place or is jolted out of place by a blow. A dislocation can be partial or complete. If your kneecap is dislocated you may find it difficult to walk, run, sit, stand and move. This injury can be significant, and may require you to seek emergency care.
- A knee joint dislocation is different from a kneecap dislocation. It occurs when the thigh bone and shin bone lose contact with each other. If your knee joint is dislocated you will experience severe pain and swelling, and the knee will most likely look deformed. This injury can be significant, and may require you to seek emergency care.
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Common Knee Pain Causes
Knee pain can dramatically impact your daily life. Common causes of knee pain include the following:
- Inflammation, which is part of your body’s immune response. It can cause knee pain as well as redness and swelling. Inflammation may last only a short time or can be ongoing. Treatment for knee inflammation can vary. Common treatment may include ice, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, steroid injection and at-home stretching and strengthening.
- Knee tendonitis, which is an inflammation of the tendon that connects your kneecap to your shin bone. It can be caused by overuse and is commonly experienced by individuals who participate in sports. Treatments can include rest, ice, compression, elevation, change in activity and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
- Knee bursitis, which occurs when the bursa near your knee joint becomes inflamed. A bursa is a tiny, fluid-filled sac. These bursae help to reduce friction between bones, tendons and muscles near your joints. Bursitis occurs when a bursa becomes irritated and inflamed. Knee bursitis can result from a job that requires kneeling or sports where falling on the knee is common.
- Plica syndrome, which is a painful syndrome, occurs when one or more of the folds in the lining surrounding your knee joint becomes inflamed. It can usually be treated with rest, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, steroid injection, ice and stretching.
Schedule Your Consultation
The diagnosis and treatment of your knee pain will depend upon your unique situation. Are you suffering from knee pain? Schedule a personal consultation with Columbus, Ohio orthopedic surgeon Dr. Brian Cohen by calling or emailing his office today. Dr. Cohen has extensive experience treating knee injuries and can help you learn more about your treatment options.