The knee is by far the biggest joint in the body. For this reason, any amount of pain in the knee can greatly impact your quality of life. Knee pain is regularly caused by direct injuries, mechanical problems, or arthritis.
A blow to the knee can impact more than just one of the parts of the knee: ligaments, tendons, bones, and cartilage. List underneath are just a set of the more common knee injures.
A rip to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) can cause a great amount of knee pain – extremely excruciating. The ACL is one of four ligaments that connects the shinbone to the thighbone. Basketball and soccer players are more prone to ACL injures. They make a lot of quick cuts, up and down the field. These quick cuts put a lot of pressure on the knee. It only takes one bad cut, or one weird twist for the ACL to pop. The sound is a sound that makes people nauseous. Not something you’d ever want to experience in your life.
This is one of those injuries that lingers for quite a while. Bursitis is common among a lot of football players, especially running backs, since they take a lot of pounding. Inflammation in the small fluid sacs, the bursae, on the outside of the knee can cause knee pain. Whenever the sacs begin to inflame, the tendons and ligaments of the joint can no longer move smoothly. This limits range of motion and causes tenderness in the joint. They say the development of bursitis hits you like a ton of bricks. You feel as though you are fine, with perhaps just a little bit of soreness, and then all of a sudden, the pain increases dramatically.
Tendonitis is not as bad as tendinosis, but make no mistake, it is still an incredibly unpleasant injury to have. Folks who run, ski and cycle, and folks who do other physical activities that put a lot of pressure on the knee are prone to develop tendonitis (or inflammation) in the patellar tendon. The patellar tendon connects the quadriceps from the thigh to the shin bone. Since this tendon crosses the knee, any inflammation in the tendon can be felt in the knee. Doctors Clinic’s Houston chiropractors are experts in helping individuals overcome tendonitis, as well as tendinosis, though tendinosis is a lot more complicated.
Mechanical Knee Problems
Often times, knee pain can develop as a result of other parts of the body not being balanced properly. For instance, if your shins are weaker than your calves, then there will be an imbalance that affects the knee quite a bit. A lot of atheletes overwork their calf muscles, not only for aesethetic purposes, but for wanting hops and jukes. The chiropractors in Houston at Doctors Clinic Houston strongly recommend against follow such a regimen. The calves help the athlete make a quick cut and take it to the ball house. The muscle near the shin area, however, does not contribute to all that much quickness. It is very important to work that muscle out to maintain stability. You want your body to be balanced. You want this because you want to make sure you prevent injuries. Mechanical knee problems sneak up on folks, and the experience is by no means pleasant.
Illiotibial Band Syndrome
There exists such a thing as the illiotibial band. And it is very important. Commonly called the IT band, it is the ligament that extends from the outter part of the pelvis to the outter part of the tibia. Regularly, the IT band gets really tight. In fact, it gets so extremely tight at times, that it can end up rubbing on the outside of the femur. As expected, this problem generally leads to some form of knee irritation. Athletes like Felix Jones and ReShard Mendenhall have battled with knee injuries, mainly due to extremely tight IT bands. Every athlete must focus on his or her IT band. The degree to which you remain healthy is the degree to which your IT band is as it should be, meaning that it isn’t too tight, nor is it too loose. Folks that run on regular occasions are especially susceptible to IT band tightness, definitely not something any runner would want to experience ever in his or her life.
Hip or Foot Pain
When your hips or feet are in pain, you often compensate by changing the way you walk. However, this change in stride may induce new stress to the knee joint. This stress may cause pain, even though there is nothing wrong with the knee itself.
Whenever an individual’s hips are in pain, or whenever an individual has knee pain, that individual generally takes some compensatory measure to mitigate the pain. Sounds like a wise thing to do, right? Although on the surface it does seem wise, it is actually not. The reason for this is that an alteration in the stride of a human being can actually ignite pain in the knee by putting excess stress on it. This particular stress may not even affect the shape or look or formation of the knee in any way, but it can still cause an extremely unbearable amount of pain.