Most people will experience knee pain at some time in their life.
Pinpointing where it hurts and why is the first step in coming up with a treatment solution. Pain below the kneecap can be one thing but above it can be something else. Pain on the inside or outside of the knee could be a torn ligament or torn meniscus. Below the kneecap could be patellar tendonitis. Pain above the knee could be quadriceps tendonitis. Pain could also indicate arthritis.
When Does It Hurt?
Did the pain come on suddenly? That could indicate an injury or direct trauma. If walking up or down stairs makes the area behind your kneecap hurt, it could be osteoarthritis. If the pain gets better throughout the day, it could be rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis is in the joints and everyday activities and overuse can trigger it. The pain can be sharp or severe sometimes and dull and achy other times.
If the knee hurts when you change direction or twist, it could be a problem with the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). Blows to the knee can cause medial collateral ligament (MCL) and posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) injuries. These kinds of injuries often happen to athletes.
If the pain comes when you’re running or jumping, patellar tendinitis could be the culprit. The pain from that is around the kneecap and can either be sharp or dull. Also, remember to tell your doctor when the knee feels best and in what position. That could help with a diagnosis.
Describe the Pain
Different types of pain can also help find the cause. Does the pain feel like a knife with a burning sensation? It could be an irritated nerve. More constant and achy pain with some sharpness could be an injury or arthritis. Doctors will also check out the knee’s mobility. Sometimes, a cyst could be hindering movement, causing pain. Because pain is different for everyone, the doctor will probably ask you to rate the pain on a scale of one to ten and to describe it.
RICE is often the first way of treating knee pain. RICE stands for rest, ice, compression and elevation and is often combined with over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines. That often isn’t enough, so it’s time to get some professional help. The staff at Flexogenix can help figure out what is causing the pain and how to best relieve it.