Knee pain can be extremely debilitating to an individual. It can limit a person’s mobility and even affect a person’s day-to-day life. Unfortunately, there is no one reason why a person may experience discomfort and aches around their knee. Here are several common causes for this discomfort and a few things you can do to find relief.
An injury is one of the most common reasons an individual can feel discomfort and hurt in this large body joint. There are many common injuries an individual can experience that can cause extreme inflammation, swelling, and irritation. An ACL injury is a common injury for individuals who are playing a physical sport such as basketball or football. Fractures are also common in these large joints and can occur from many athletic sports and from exercising. Even just walking and stumbling can cause a fracture.
While many individuals think of arthritis as a condition diagnosed only in the elderly, people of all ages can be diagnosed with a type of arthritis. There are dozens of possible conditions and some are much more severe and debilitating than others.
Overweight and Obese
When you are carrying extra body fat around, it puts extra pressure on your joints. Even just simple tasks such as walking and standing for long periods of time can cause extreme discomfort on various joints and even potentially damage body parts. Regular exercise is a great way to lose the weight, but you want to be mindful of what exercises you choose as excessive running can put added pressure on joints and make a situation worse.
The Way You Walk
Sometimes, the way you move your leg can put added pressure and stress on your joints, even if you aren’t carrying extra weight. In many cases, if you walk incorrectly, not only will your large joints hurt, but body parts such as your feet and hips will also experience some aches and discomfort.
What Should I Do About the Discomfort?
If you are experiencing an ample amount of discomfort, aches, and stinging or stabbing sensations, you should visit a knee pain doctor right away. If the pain is consistent and lasts for several days, it could be the sign that something is wrong in the joint and you should seek medical attention. Unfortunately, if you don’t receive medical attention when needed, you could further damage the joint and require much more invasive and intensive treatment such as surgery or even replacements. Talk to a doctor to discuss the problem area and to create a treatment plan that is ideal for your specific needs.
If you would like to request a consultation with one of the knee specialists at the Orthopedic & Sports Institute (OSI), please call (920) 560-1000 or request an appointment online. OSI is Northeast Wisconsin’s exclusive provider of Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery for Hips & Knees.
OSI has convenient locations to serve you. In addition to the flagship facility in Appleton, you will find outreach clinics in New London, Ripon, Shawano, Waupaca, and the newest location serving the Green Bay area, inside the NOVO Health Clinic in De Pere.
The Appleton location also has a walk-in clinic that provides care for new orthopedic injuries.
For post-surgical recovery and rehabilitation, Recovery Inn is located on the campus of the Orthopedic & Sports Institute in Appleton (OSI). This skilled nursing facility was the first orthopedics-only recovery facility in the nation attached to a surgery center. At OSI, you can have your surgery and rehab without leaving the building. Physical and occupational therapy take place steps from your room, where you will be rehabbing with the nationally recognized therapists from Advanced Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine.
For more information or to schedule a tour, please contact Recovery Inn Executive Director Shaena Van Handel at 920.560.1066.
OSI is a proud member of NOVO Health.