By AJ Zelinski, Advanced Rehabilitation
Getting ready for Mothers day, it is appropriate to discuss knee pain, as it is very common in female athletes. Women tend to be more prone than men with regards to knee pain and injuries. This is due to a difference in structure and the biomechanical relationship between the hips, knees, and feet.
Knees are complex, weight-bearing joints (junctions between two bones) that provide your body with flexibility, support and a wide range of motion. Knees can be injured from trauma, arthritis or everyday stress and strain. Knee pain is therefore a common complaint. Depending on the type and severity of joint damage, knee pain can be minor or can lead to severe discomfort and disability. There are a number of common causes for knee pain, and it is important to have an accurate diagnosis of the cause so that appropriate treatment can be undertaken.
Screening and Diagnosis
Pinpointing the exact reason for knee pain can be challenging because of the wide range of possible causes. Acute injuries may include fractures, ligament and cartilage tears, muscle strains, and contusions (blunt trauma). Conditions that generate chronic pain can include arthritis, tumors and infection. A comprehensive medical history and a thorough physical examination are important. X-rays may be taken to detect bone injury and degenerative arthritis, but computed tomography or magnetic resonance imaging scans are often requested to help identify specific soft tissue injuries.
Advanced Rehabilitation is a multidisciplinary treatment center of many different types of injuries, please feel free to contact us at 467-1100, or on the web at www.atxrehab.com, for more information or to schedule an appointment.
Sources: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Academy of Family Physicians (JAMA. 2007; 297: 1740)