According to orthopedic doctors, the knee is one of the body parts that develops problems. The problems are because the knee carries most of the body weight. It also tends to be always in motion.
Common knee problems
The knee problems are due to two reasons: diseases and injury. The most common knee problems are:
Arthritis: There are over 100 types of arthritis that have the ability to affect the knees in one way or another. The most common types include: osteoarthritis, rheumatoid, gout, psoriatic and reactive. All of these conditions affect the knees in one way or the other although their symptoms differ depending on their types. For example, you will have a swollen knee when suffering from gout, rheumatoid arthritis, or other inflammatory conditions. If suffering from other types of arthritis, you can have a painful or still knee.
Chondromalacia: Also known as chondromalacia patellae, this condition is characterized by the softening and breaking down of the articular cartilage in the kneecap. The condition is common in young adults, and it comes about due to injury, overuse, muscle weakness, or misalignment of the patella. The most common symptom of the condition is dull pain around or under the kneecap. The pain worsens as you walk down hills or stairs.
Meniscal injuries: These come about when you rotate the knee with a lot of force while bearing weight. A total or partial tear can result from the damage. If the tear is tiny, the meniscus stays connected to the back and front of the knee, but if it’s large, the meniscus can be left hanging by the cartilage.
When you are suffering from the condition, you feel pain when you straighten the knee. It’s also common to experience some inflammation and swelling on the knee.
Cruciate ligament injuries: Also known as sprains, this condition is characterized by the lack of pain in the knee, but the knee is unable to support your weight. The injuries result when the anterior cruciate ligament is stretched too much until it tears. When you are suffering from this condition, you might hear a popping sound when standing. It’s also common for the leg to buckle when standing.
What to do when suffering from knee problems
Regardless of how minor you think your knee problem is, you should visit your knee injury doctor and let him/her inspect the problem and recommend the best method of fixing it. The fixation not only relieves you from the pain, but it also prevents the condition from getting worse.