Knee pain is a general term for the pain felt in the knee. It can be divided into two broad types: acute and chronic. Acute knee pain is temporary and typically lasts only a few days or weeks. Chronic knee pain lasts longer than three months and often becomes more severe over time. It can be quite debilitating if it is not treated properly.

Some of the most common causes for knee pain are:

  • Injury to the joint
  • Arthritis
  • Gout
  • Meniscus tears
  • Cartilage damage
  • Arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis

Common symptoms

  • Swelling in the knee joint, caused by inflammation or due to a blood clot
  • Tenderness or stiffness in joint
  • Pain on movement or with activity
  • Pain with weight-bearing
  • Pain when walking or running
  • Pain when going up or down the stairs

Common treatment options

  • Physical therapy: Physical therapists will usually prescribe specific exercises that you can perform to help alleviate your symptoms.
  • Exercise: Patients who exercised regularly experience less pain and fewer knee problems. Regular exercise can help people decrease the chances of needing surgery.
  • Medication: Medication can provide relief from osteoarthritis symptoms including pain, swelling, and stiffness.
  • Chiropractic care: It helps reduce pain, spasms, and inflammation around the knee joints for better mobility and range of motion.

Frequently asked questions

How long does knee pain usually last?

Knee pain can last anywhere from a few days to months. However, most patients will recover within a week or two. The duration of knee pain depends on the severity of your injury.

Can knee pain be treated at home?

It’s possible to treat mild to moderate knee pain at home. With proper nutrition and the right amount of care, you can bring the swelling and inflammation down.

How to know for sure if it’s a knee pain or arthritis?

Knee pain is not the same as arthritis, but it could be a sign of arthritis. It is critical to find out what you are dealing with, as it can lead to permanent damage if left untreated. The most reliable way to know for sure is by getting a doctor’s diagnosis.

How can I avoid or reduce my knee pain?

Stretching and exercises can help prevent or reduce knee pain. Get a physical therapy assessment to understand your body’s positioning and activity level.

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