Chronic knee pain can limit your mobility making it difficult to remain active, exercise regularly, or even lose weight.
Chronic knee pain can cause you to lead a more sedentary lifestyle, resulting in a vicious circle of decreased activity, weight gain, and increased pain and discomfort. Chronic knee pain has many causes, but it can be effectively treated allowing you to get yourself back on track.
Common Causes of Chronic Knee Pain
There are many things that can contribute to the cause of chronic knee pain. A knee injury, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, degenerative bone disease, and the wear and tear of aging are all contributors. A torn anterior cruciate ligament or patellar tendon can occur during a slip and fall accident. These kinds of injuries take time to heal and can lead to further, long-term complications if not treated immediately.
How Chronic Knee Pain Reduces Quality of Life
Chronic knee pain can make it difficult to walk or stand for long periods of time. For someone who is otherwise active, this can dramatically reduce their quality of life. If the pain isn’t addressed, the person may become more sedentary leading to stiff joints that may contribute to the vicious cycle. Inactivity can lead to even more stiffness and inflammation that will increase the level of their pain. This can eventually lead to weight gain and further complications with the knees and other joints.
Chronic Knee Pain and Exercise
Remaining active through regular exercise will actually help to keep chronic pain under control. The more a person moves and keeps their joints flexible, the more blood flow the area will receive. Improving circulation means that the damaged areas will get the oxygen and nutrients they need to heal. With additional treatment to address the cause of the chronic pain, the person will be able to continue to remain active. Swimming and regular exercise will prevent weight gain and keep the joints from being stiff and painful.
Treatments for Chronic Knee Pain
Knee replacement procedures may be an option for chronic knee pain, but they are accompanied by a risk of infection. If a person wants to put off major surgery, they can treat their chronic pain with ice compresses, anti-inflammatory/pain medication, and regular exercise trying to remain as active as possible. Physical therapy is a preferred option. At Backfit Health + Spine, we offer many therapeutic treatments at our very own Treatment Center.
Chronic knee pain can be debilitating. Identifying the cause of the pain and treating the condition accordingly will allow the person to remain active. This will help them to maintain an ideal weight and improve their quality of life. Schedule your consultation today.