Knee pain is a very common complaint that affects people of all ages. In a recent study, the US Center for Disease Control found that osteoarthritis alone, one of many common knee pain conditions, had been medically diagnosed in 46.4 million adults in the US. Women accounted for 25.4% of the cases and men 17.6% of cases.
Due to the knee pain, many people find they cannot perform usual activities of daily living such as getting out of bed, going up and down stairs or even driving the car. Going to work and even being able to perform a full day of work can be difficult, especially when the job involves prolonged standing, walking or sitting.
Knee pain may be the result of an injury, such as a ruptured ligament or torn cartilage. Medical conditions — including arthritis, gout and infections.
Many types of minor knee pain respond well to self-care measures. Physical therapy , knee braces, orthovisc injection, steroid injections, medications, also can help relieve knee pain. In some cases, however, your knee may require surgical repair. Through surgery is very effective or knee pain there are some patients who still have knee pain several months to years after knee replacement. There patients are potentially good candidates for genicular nerves ablation.
Simple ways to prevent knee pain. Wearing proper protection for the activity at hand can help avoid knee injuries.When playing volleyball or when laying carpet, protecting your knees may include kneepads. When driving, knee protection may include wearing a seatbelt to avoid the knee-versus-dashboard injuries as well as injuries to other parts of your body.