2 Common Knee Pain Conditions
As a joint when it is balanced, cushioned, strengthened by the muscles and ligaments around it : It is a very efficient productive unit that can last a life time helping you crawl, walk, run jump bend and fold. However, the knee is a delicate, complex structure, any sudden trauma or overuse may cause these structures to signal pain.
According to the NHS you are more likely to experience knee pain in your later years. People undertaking many sport are at a high risk of damage to the knee as well on the other hand so are overweight obese people who may not do much movement or exercise.
Cartilage or menisci damage
A soft menisci pad resides between the low leg bone and the upper leg bone and acts as a cushion to absorb shocks as you walk or run. A sudden twist or impact can tear the menisci. This damage can result in locking of the knee and swelling. The other component structure is the covering at the ends of both lower and the upper leg bone. This is the cartilage which is smooth and help both of the bone glide smoothly over the menisci. For an acute condition generally surgery is one of the main options to aid in the removal and repair of the menisci.
Nhs, suggests that physiotherapy can be of limited help.
Sprains and Strains
Over stretching tissues usually happens when the knee is overworked resulting in sprain or strain. The usually management of these conditions is PRICE meaning ‘protection’, ‘rest’, ‘ice’, ‘compression’ and ‘elevation’. It usually suggested to prevent future injuries that warming exercises are carried out prior to exercising then stretching to cool down after exercising.
As with any sport or exercise regime it suggested to build up slowing.
According to Health Cmi, Acupuncture shown to be effective with a regime of rehabilitation.