THE BASICS OF KNEE PAIN
Your knees are among the most important joints in your body. They support your weight and provide stability and a “hinge” to help keep your body moving. But, between standing, walking, running, jumping, crouching and turning, it’s easy to see how there are plenty of ways to experience knee pain. Remember: see your doctor first before you begin any treatment of knee joint pain if your pain gets worse or persists.
WHAT'S BEHIND IT?
Some causes of knee pain include:
- Injuries. Some common injuries include fractures in the knee bones, a torn meniscus (rubbery cartilage between thighbone and shinbone that absorbs shock), patellar tendinitis (inflammation and irritation of one or more tendons), and a torn ACL (anterior cruciate ligament), just to name a few.
- Mechanical Problems. Some examples of a knee pain cause can include a dislocated knee cap; IT band syndrome (tightness of the iliotibial band of tissue running from the hip to the knee); and a loose body, or "floating" piece of bone or cartilage that breaks off in the joint space.
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WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT