Ask Dr. Michael Acurio what common orthopedic conditions he’s helped patients with and he’ll very likely mention knee pain as one of them. Almost everyone experiences some knee pain at some point in life. Various physical activities could cause tendinitis, muscle strain or other injuries to the cartilage and ligaments of the knee, which induce pain. In some serious cases, knee pain could limit your daily lifestyle. Whether it’s mild or severe, knee pain should not be ignored.
Ligament Injuries and Cartilage Tears
The lower leg bones are connected to the femur (thigh bone) by ligaments. These are tissues meant to keep the knee stable while holding everything together. Sports injuries are common causes of knee ligament sprains and tears, which affect the MCL (medial collateral ligament), PCL (posterior cruciate ligament), or the ACL (anterior cruciate ligament). The injuries cause severe knee pain to require surgical intervention.
Knee cartilage, the flexible, firm connective tissue at the end of bones and in joints that facilitates smooth movement of the joints, can also tear. Cartilage tear from the inside or outside of the knee could result in serious knee pain, a result that typically needs surgery to repair.
Problems Associated with Knee Pain
If left untreated, knee pain brings on severe inflammation and swelling. In the long term, various forms of arthritis can develop, leading to joint stiffness and reduced mobility. The pain can become chronic, and eventually affect even activities like sleeping or sitting. As specialists like Dr. Michael Acurio often advise patients, it’s good to seek medical attention when knee pain develops.
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