DAVE WATTS, MD
Pain in the knee is never a good sign. You always need to be careful not to get your knee injured. There can be so many reasons responsible for a serious knee injury. Some of the common problems associated with knee may include:
The swelling or stiffness of the knees.
Patient’s inability to fully straighten their knee.
The noises of popping or crunching whenever you bend your knee.
The feeling of additional warmth or redness in the knee and surrounding areas.
Recurring pain in the knee during early hours of the day or when going to sleep.
If you are undergoing any of these knee related problems, you immediately need to see the doctor.
The unstable feeling in your knee which may lead to giving out.
A fever which is related to swelling, pain, or redness in your knee.
There is an apparent deformity in your knee which results in swelling or pain.
The inability of the patient to flex or bend their knee.
Severe swelling and suffering in the knee or surrounding areas.
Let us have a look at some of the most common knee related injuries.
It is one of the most common knee-related injuries. The main reason behind knee arthritis is which results in wear and tear of the joint cartilage. The knee related arthritis usually occurs after middle age. Patients may have Rheumatoid Arthritis occurring at any age. Or they may have Post-Traumatic Arthritis which develops after a knee injury.
Knee Ligament Injury (ACL, PCL, MCL, LCL)
The knee mainly has four ligaments. ACL (Anter Anterior Cruciate Ligament), PCL (Posterior Cruciate Ligament), MCL (Medial Collateral Ligament), and LCL (Lateral Collateral Ligament). A tear to any of these ligaments can be painful and may require surgery to fix the problem. Sometimes rehabilitation or rest can also help.
The meniscus tear of the knee occurs because of the rupturing of one or more of the fibrocartilage strips in the knee. These strips are called menisci. The term tore cartilage is referred to as the meniscus injury.
Osgood-Schlatter is considered as one of the most reasons of knee-related pain. This pain is mostly started at the age of adolescence. There is an inflammation surrounding the knee area where the kneecap attaches to the shinbone.
Patella or Kneecap Dislocation
Kneecap dislocation is one of the most painful knees related problems. It usually occurs because of sudden leg twist or a direct blow to the kneecap. The result is dislocation of the kneecap out of its usual position, causing intense pain and knee swelling.