If you find your knee pain hard to pinpoint or describe, you’re not alone. Knee pain is common and can occur suddenly or over a period of time.
What are the symptoms of knee pain?
Below are some of the common symptoms you may have experienced with your knee pain:
- The knee is hot to touch
- Stiffness or inability to straighten your knee
- Locking or clicking
- A sensation of your knee ‘giving way’
What are the causes of knee pain?
Knees are complex, weight-bearing joints that flex, bend, and support your body. Our knees do all of this on a day-to-day basis and we never really notice them until we’re in pain. Knee pain can be a result of:
- Knee injuries or accidents, where the knee was twisted too far in one direction and the muscles, ligaments or tendons that protect your knees are strained or torn.
- Overuse – which can lead to muscle fatigue and excessive stress on your knees
- Mechanical body problems, such as hip or knee problems, or when tight or weak muscles are unable to support the knee properly
- Inflammatory or infectious causes
When should I see my doctor?
If you have any of the following, see your doctor:
- You have severe pain or the pain is getting worse
- Your knee pain isn’t improving
- You can’t put any weight on your knee
- Your knee buckles, clicks, or locks
- Your knee is swollen or red, or you have a fever
Lifestyle tips for knee pain
There are a few things you can do today to help relieve some of your knee pain. While these may seem like simple solutions, they can really make a difference in your daily pain level:
If you have an injury:
- Ice your knees – this will help to reduce pain and inflammation
- Rest and elevate your knees whenever possible
- Try compression – a wrap around your knee(s) can help prevent fluid from building up in your knee joint
If you have a chronic condition, such as osteoarthritis:
- Maintain a healthy weight – this will relieve any extra pressure being overweight will place on your knees
- Commit to exercises like swimming or biking that are kind to your knees
Always consult with your doctor before starting a new exercise regimen or routine.