Where is this knee pain coming from?

The knee is a much more complicated joint than it appears. On the outside it looks like a simple hinge joint. On the inside it is a complex design of bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, and bursae. There are so many structures that can lead to knee pain. It is important to have your pain checked by a professional to get a good idea what is going on with it. Some problems that can lead to pain in the knees are a torn meniscus, patellar tendinitis, osteoarthritis, bursitis, ligament strains, and others.

What caused the structures in my knees to have pain?

Whether you are running, walking, or just standing still, your knees are taking the entire weight of your body. Any time you take a step the stress presses through the joint. If this stress is not absorbed correctly it leads to structural breakdown in the knees. Does this mean we are supposed to sit all the time? Not at all.  The good thing is that our knees actually respond positively to the stresses of exercise. But we must to learn how to absorb the stress in order for it to not do damage.

Can my pain be reduced?

In most cases, pain can and will be reduced if the structures are given the right amount of time and the right stresses to facilitate healing. Teaching the body the correct motor patterns, increasing strength, and improving mobility facilitates better function and health of the joint.  If you are having pain in your knee, and have not had success treating it yourself, contact us at Thompson Physical Therapy. Find out if we are the right fit to help you reduce your knee pain and get back to living life on your terms.