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Dr. Gloria Mendizabal-Piedra MD

(305) 823-2433

3986 W. 16 Avenue | Hialeah, FL 33012

The Hidden Dangers of Knee Pain

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Knee pain can cause a lot of problems if it is not properly cared for. Knee pain, no matter where it is located (on or behind the knee), can cause discomfort and difficulty walking, standing, running, bending or moving in any direction. The team from GMP Medical has compiled a list of knee pain causes, as well as treatment methods and how knee pain can affect your overall health.

What Causes Knee Pain?

Knee pain can be caused by just about any movement during the day, but the most common reasons people suffer from knee pain include the following:

  • Suffering an injury during a sporting event
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Being injured in an accident
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Degenerative joint disease
  • Physical violence

Risk Factors for Knee Pain

Aside from knee pain caused by an accident, injury, or age-related disease, people can experience knee pain due to various risk factors. These risk factors include:

  • Sitting with your legs crossed
  • Being overweight
  • Using your knees incorrectly
  • Having to carry or lift heavy objects regularly
  • Routinely climbing multiple sets of stairs

When Is It Time to See a Doctor?

Everyone has a different threshold for pain. Knowing when to see a doctor rests mainly on your ability to live with or handle pain. There are, however, certain times when you should immediately seek medical attention and they include the following:

  • Inability to put weight on your knee or you cannot stand
  • Severe knee pain that continues to worsen
  • Swelling or warmth around the knee joint
  • Lack of full mobility
  • Locking of the knee joint
  • Stiffness of the knee joint

Treating Knee Pain

There are various methods in which your doctor might want to treat your knee pain, especially if you are suffering from pain at the back of the knee. Your doctor will base the treatment on your individual case so that your pain levels are managed appropriately. Knee pain can be treated using any of the following methods, listed from minor treatment to major:

  • Rest
  • A knee brace
  • Physical therapy
  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • NSAIDs
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Hyaluronic acid supplement injections
  • Knee osteotomy
  • Arthroscopy surgery
  • Total knee replacement surgery

Exercises to Reduce Knee Pain

There are exercises for knee pain that can help reduce it. Just be sure to speak to a doctor prior to beginning an exercise regimen. The most common exercises to reduce knee pain include:

  • Straight leg raises
  • Hamstring curls
  • Prone straight leg raises
  • Wall squats
  • Calf raises
  • Steps-ups
  • Side leg raises
  • Leg presses

Suffering from Knee Pain? Call GMP Medical Today

If you are suffering from knee pain, it is best to visit the doctor for an exam as soon as possible. Resolving the cause of the knee pain before it becomes chronic can help prevent the pain from becoming unbearable to the point where you cannot stand, walk, or do anything other activity that requires you to move. Call the office of GMP Medical at (305) 823-2433 to schedule an appointment today.

August 1, 2019 2:12 pm
Categories: Joint Health