Knee Therapy is often needed to treat knee pain. In fact, there are several different conditions that can make knee pain worse, some of them are arthritis and bursitis. Most knee pain is usually caused by the tearing or wearing down of the cartilage that makes up the joint. When this cartilage becomes worn away, it causes pain and swelling.
Degenerative knee disease is one of the most common causes of knee pain. This condition affects millions of Americans. A degenerative condition occurs when the cartilage is no longer able to support itself against the bone of the joint. The cartilage actually becomes thin, weak, brittle and easily damaged. This damage to the cartilage causes the bone to wear away at a rapid rate, eventually resulting in complete and total joint failure. Once a degenerative condition has been diagnosed, it can often be treated with prescription medications and physical therapy.
Knee discomfort is usually caused by injuries to the cartilages that cover the ends of the bones. These cartilages are called “capsular” structures. The capsular structures have become loose over time because of wear and tear from arthritis and other conditions that cause the joint to be overstretched and under-inflated. Some of the more common causes of knee pain include tears to the ligaments and muscles that support the joint, damage to the tendons that connect to the bone, as well as other injuries that can affect the tendons or cartilages. Common injuries include arthritis, tears to the meniscus, bursitis, strains and sprains, and more.
Knee pain usually worsens after you finish an activity. Knee problems can be caused by overuse, but there are other causes of knee pain that also include injuries. Often, athletes and those with joint deformities experience more knee pain than average people. Knee pain is often worsened when the joint is moved, such as walking and running. It may also worsen if you do repetitive motions, such as doing pushups. or situps, which puts stress on the joint as well as other body parts. Knee pain is also sometimes worsened when you lift heavy objects, such as in work or lifting a table.
Knee problems can be treated with the right knee exercises that stretch the muscle and ligament surrounding the joint. As you get stronger and your body becomes accustomed to the strength and speed that you use in different activities, you can move more freely, which will improve your balance and stability. Exercises like yoga, Pilates, strength training, swimming, and walking are all effective knee exercise routines.
If your pain does not improve after a few weeks of doing these exercises, your doctor may prescribe an over-the-counter pain medication. If you experience pain, your doctor may also recommend surgery. There are also more sophisticated knee surgery options available for severe knee problems.