Aching Knees

Aching Knees: Causes and Symptoms

Aching knees and joint pains are quite possibly the most frustrating pains that some of us experience on a daily basis. These pains come when we get out of bed, get in our cars, and when we move about our day. As these aches and pains are not left at the door when we leave in the morning, it is very important that we know why and how they are occurring to better understand how to live with, and eventually, without them.

If you are reading this post then you more than likely are experiencing arching knees and/or joint pain. If this is so, you have come to the right place. Before you are finished with this read, you will be exposed to common symptoms and causes of knee pain, but more specifically, you will be exposed to some possible complications that occur from continued discomfort without treatment. First, we will look through some possible symptoms that you might experience, take a look below.

Common Symptoms of Aching Knees:

1) Popping or cracking noises
2) Weakness or instability
3) Redness and increased temperature
4) Swelling and rigidness
5) “Jamming” or “locking” (not being able to fully extend leg)

The symptoms of aching knees above are very common when considering knee and joint pain experienced on a daily basis. These are warning signs that something might be wrong. When one or any of these symptoms are experienced, there might be a direct reason for your aching knees. If you happen to experience any of these and/or you can’t bear weight on your knees, notice knee swelling, develop a deformity, or if you are enduring sharp localized pains, call your us or your immediate physician and to get an exam. Your urgency can mean the difference between a major and minor strain. After we understand what symptoms to look for when experiencing knee aches, let us now focus on some common causes of knee aches.

Common Causes:

1) Bursitis: This condition affects the small fluid-filled sacs called, bursae, which cushion our joints. Bursitis is actually an inflammation of one of the bursa sacs, resulting in some form of arthritis in the joint and often times, infection or injury to one or many of the bursa sacs. Bursitis affects the knees, big toe, heels, hips, elbows, and shoulders, making it incredibly difficult to conduct daily functions that require repeated movement of these areas.

2) Rheumatoid Arthritis: This type of arthritis also affects the joints. Rheumatoid arthritis begins by attacking smaller joints, much like those in the hands, wrists, and fingers. Of course, this eventually leads to joint pain and in some cases, can bring patients fever, fatigue, and weight loss. As there is no cure for this type of condition, treatment is mandatory. Relieving joint pain and reducing strain on the joints can be accomplished with water exercises and non-surgical treatments.

3) Osteoarthritis – This condition typically is caused due to heavy wear and tear of cartilage over the years. Osteoarthritis is also known as the, “Degenerative Joint Disease”. When cartilage is worn down to near non-existence, joints begin to rub against one another, causing extreme localized pain and discomfort. If not treated adequately, osteoarthritis can restrict flexibility, often rendering people immobile. Treatments include pain medication and surgery yet a non-surgical alternative is nearly always recommended. You can read about an effective non-surgical treatment called prolotherapy.

If you have aching knees, please contact Dr. Mario Howell about specialized knee pain treatment.