Risk Factors For Knee Pain

by Administrator 16. September 2015 10:55

Knee Joint is made up of three bones: the lower end of the thigh bone (femur), upper end of shinbone (tibia) and the kneecap (patella). Various ligaments connect these bones together and provide mobility as well as stability to the knee. Being the largest joint in our body, it bears the entire body weight, helps us in walking, running and almost all activities of daily life.

Risk factors for knee pain are listed below:

  • Excessive weight: Excessive weight puts immense pressure on the knee joint during simple activities like walking or climbing stairs etc. It also increases the chances of developing in Osteoarthritis which gradually hampers the joint cartilage, hence making the knee weak and painful.
  • Nature of use: Repetitive motions and certain sports put more stress on the knee, ultimately leading to pain. Cycling, athletics and basketball are some of the sports where continuous pounding on the knee can cause pain.
  • Biomechanical conditions: Structural abnormalities in the body, like one leg shorter than the other, changed walk due to back pain or Flat Feet can also increase the risk of developing the condition. Since knee is a complex joint and bears the entire body weight, even slight changes in its functioning can cause pain.
  • Previous injury: If the knee has withstood an injury in the past, it is more likely to retract to pain. If it was not fully healed earlier or treatment had not been complete, the knee may remain weak and fragile, making it susceptible to injury or damage.
  • Lack of strength in muscles and bones: If an individual has weak muscles, the knee joint will be more exerted during movements. People who lead a sedentary lifestyle and do not put the joints to adequate use also lose muscle strength.
  • Smoking: It obstructs the supply of the required nutrition to the body tissues, thus making smokers susceptible to joint pain.

If knee pain is not timely diagnosed and treated, it may worsen and cause extreme discomfort. One must visit an orthopedic doctor if symptoms last long or there has been an injury to the knee.  Taking rest and refraining from strenuous activities may provide short term relief from pain. However, a qualified orthopedic surgeon must be consulted to determine the exact cause of pain.

For more information, consult Dr. Morgan in McKinney, TX. In order to schedule an appointment with the orthopedic surgeon, you can call at (972) 727 – 9995.

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