Next to the shoulder joint, the knee joint is one of the largest and most crucial structures in the body. The knees sustain a fair amount of stress day in and day out even when we don’t engage in sports that require jumping or running. Just walking, climbing stairs and standing and sitting put our knees to work. The knee joint is partially responsible for holding some of our upper body weight. This joint also flexes and extends and, on a minor scale, rotates to accommodate various movements. These capabilities are necessary and also what puts the knee at risk for injury. It is easy to see why so many people suffer knee pain at some point.
Common Causes of Knee Pain
Pain in the knee joint may occur immediately after an injury. In our New Jersey offices, we provide diagnostic and therapeutic services to treat meniscal tears, often related to a fall or sporting accident. Additionally, knee pain may stem from:
- Dislocation of the joint
- Deterioration due to wear and tear
In addition to pain, a knee injury like a torn meniscus may cause symptoms such as:
- Stiffness and swelling
- Limited mobility
- Reduced stability and strength
- Restricted movement, such as lack of full extension or bend
Can Knee Pain be Prevented?
It is not possible to completely avoid the risk of a knee injury. An unexpected accident or fall could injure a part of the knee joint. However, there are suggestions that doctors offer, such as maintaining a healthy weight. This keeps the daily stress on the knees to a minimum. Routine exercise is also good for the various joints of the body. The key to optimal exercise is to warm up properly beforehand and to stretch adequately before and after physical activity.
When to See an Orthopedic Specialist
Knee injuries should be examined sooner rather than later. If chronic or recurrent pain goes untreated, the knee may deteriorate to the point of ongoing pain and disability. If pain or other symptoms persist after conservative therapies like ice and rest, an orthopedic consultation should be scheduled. An orthopedic specialist has focused their educational training on the injuries and conditions that occur in the musculoskeletal system.
At Advanced Orthopedics and Hand Surgery Institute, we prioritize conservative methods of care as much as possible. Surgery for a knee injury like a meniscal tear is reserved for joint injuries that would not recover spontaneously.
To schedule a visit to our Parsippany, Clifton, or Wayne office, call 973 942 1315.