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Don't Let Achy Knees Sideline You

Knee pain doesn’t discriminate against age, gender, or activity level. Sedentary office workers, seniors, and athletes alike can all develop chronic knee pain. Estimates suggest that one in three Americans experience pain in their knees. 

To help you out, we asked our specialist, Dr. William Brelsford, about the most common causes of knee pain and what knee pain sufferers can do to reduce their symptoms. 

Possible causes of pain in your knees 

Knee pain is one of the leading causes of disability in the United States. Understanding the causes of knee pain can save thousands of people from the heartache of losing their jobs and having to give up their favorite activities.

Joint issues 

Considering the fact that you have 360 joints in your body that are under continuous stress, it shouldn’t come as a surprise if one starts showing signs of degradation. Your knee joints are at a higher risk of being overused, as they’re used daily to keep you upright.

Arthritis 

There are more than 100 types of arthritis. Some of the following could be causing your knee problems:

You can be diagnosed with arthritis after getting a physical followed by X-rays or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans. 

Runner’s knee 

Are you an avid runner? Knee pain is very common among runners who engage in endurance running. These injuries often occur due to overuse.

Despite common belief, more training doesn’t always mean better results. Your muscles and joints need time to recover from exercise. 

During recovery, your body rebuilds torn muscle fibers and builds more muscle. If you don’t allow at least one day between your runs, you could be exposing yourself to overuse and long-term damage.

Prevention and homecare tips 

No matter what’s causing your knee pain, there are ways you can lessen the symptoms, including maintaining a healthy body percentage, removing inflammatory foods from your diet, and quitting smoking and drinking. Exercise followed by a proper amount of rest can also help.

Exercises in the water work best because they’re gentle on the joints, and the warm temperature of the water can loosen up achy muscles.

Getting a diagnosis and treatment for your knee pain

There are many potential causes of knee pain. Dr. Brelsford can help you identify the root cause of your pain by looking at your family history, medical history, and lifestyle. 

Based on your diagnosis, our specialist may recommend lifestyle changes, medications, hot and cold therapies, IV therapies, steroid injections, or surgery. Contact us to schedule an appointment to get a diagnosis and treatment for your achy knees.

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