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5 Common Causes of Knee Pain

5 Common Causes of Knee Pain

There are few things more debilitating than physical pain, and when that pain is in your knee, it accompanies every step and even lingers when you rest. 

Fortunately, knee pain doesn’t have to be a life sentence. 

Here, our team of specialists at the US Neuropathy Centers explores five common causes of knee pain. 

Post-surgical knee pain

Surgery, namely knee replacement surgery, is often an effective treatment for many causes of knee pain, but it doesn’t always go as planned. 

After successful surgery, you may have temporary discomfort immediately following the operation. If your pain persists, it’s likely that your common peroneal nerve was pinched or trapped during your procedure. 

This typically happens because there’s very little space in your knee to begin with. As your surgeon manipulates the various structures in your knee, it’s easy to accidentally irritate nerves in the process. 

That coupled with the inevitable swelling that follows a surgical operation is a recipe for chronic pain long after you’re off the operating table. 

Injury

Your knee is an incredibly complicated joint. It’s made of a complex network of bones, muscles, nerves, tendons, and ligaments all working together to help you move, bear weight, and perform other functions. 

But it’s because of its complexity that your knee is so vulnerable to injury. 

Some of the most common knee injuries include:

Athletes are most at risk for knee injuries with all the pivoting and change-of-direction motions they do, but no one is immune to a knee injury. 

Arthritis

Believe it or not, there are over 100 different types of arthritis. Though it has many names, arthritis of any kind refers to swelling, tenderness, and ultimately damage in your joints. Arthritis can affect virtually any joint in your body, but your knees are among the most common victims. 

In addition to pain and swelling, arthritis can also affect your nerves and cause numbness and tingling. This is especially true if you have rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disease that causes swelling that affects your nerves. 

Excess weight

If you’re carrying around extra weight and your knees are hurting, there’s more than likely a correlation. Your knees bear much of your body weight, and the amount of stress increases exponentially as you walk, run, or go up a flight of stairs. 

The more weight you force your knee to endure, the higher your risk is for painful, damaging inflammation. 

Certain sports and occupations

Sometimes, your activities are to blame for your knee pain. Sports (especially high-impact ones like running and basketball) put a tremendous amount of extra stress on your knees. And some jobs that require repetitive motions, such as farming and construction, also ask a lot of your knees. 

How we can help

There are many other ways you can wind up with knee pain. The good news is that you have options to manage and even eliminate your pain. We offer advanced treatments that help you not only feel less pain but heal and find long-term relief. 

Are you stressed out about your knee pain? You don’t have to be anymore. Call or click to request an appointment at our Marietta, Georgia, office today.

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