Knee pain has many causes, including injury, arthritis and infection. If you can’t fully bear weight on your leg, or bend or straighten your knee, you need to see a specialist promptly. Seek help too if you have a red, hot swollen knee, or knee pain with fever and feel generally unwell.
The soft tissues of the knee are easily injured when you suddenly twist during sports, or change direction whilst running. The anterior cruciate ligament, which joins the long bone of your thigh with your shinbone, is frequently torn, along with an important cartilage called the meniscus. This can result in an unstable knee and pain which, can come back to haunt you.
Rheumatoid arthritis can also affect the knees, and causes red, swollen and very painful knees. You may feel generally unwell. Infection in the joint may cause similar symptoms and fever. Another common painful ailment, osteoarthritis, can erode the knee cartilage, leaving bone scraping on bone, and restricting movement. Bursitis, in which a protective fluid sac in your knee becomes inflamed, can occur too, especially if your job involves constant kneeling.
Depending on the cause, you may be offered painkillers, special drugs for rheumatoid arthritis called DMARDS, steroid injections into the joint, or surgery. Sometimes a knee can be repaired arthroscopically. This is a less invasive type of surgery done with narrow instruments inserted through a few small incisions round your knee. A tiny camera allows the surgeon to see what he is doing. However a severely osteoarthritic knee may need surgical replacement with artificial parts.
Here at Pain Remedial Clinic, we offer acclaimed therapies including acupuncture, physical therapy, stretching and strengthening exercises to rehabilitate damaged knees. So if you’re in Meath, Cavan or Navan, come and see us right away. It might just be the best present your knee ever had!