What are the risk factors and causes of knee pain?

Knee pain, especially chronic knee pain, can be caused by a number of problems. Chronic knee pain usually starts with an injury or failed injury recovery, mechanical problems, different types of arthritis, and more.

Common injuries include ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) injury, fractures, torn meniscus, bursitis, and patellar tendonitis injury. Many of these injuries can arise from many sports.

Common mechanical problems include iliotibial band (IT band) syndrome, dislocated patella (kneecap), gait changes from ankle, foot, or hip pain, or a loose body such as a piece of bone or cartilage floating in the joint space.

Many types of arthritis can cause knee pain such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, and septic arthritis.

Risk factors for knee pain go up for those that:

What are the symptoms of knee pain?

If you are one of the millions of people who suffer from knee pain, you know how debilitating it can be.

You may feel you're having trouble simply walking, going down stairs, or just getting out of bed. Many of your life's daily activities may be hampered or stopped entirely.

Beyond straightforward pain, you may also notice:

  • Swelling
  • Stiffness
  • Redness
  • Fever
  • Warm to the touch
  • Popping or crunching noises
  • Inability to straighten the knee

You may also simply not be able to put much weight on it or it feels unstable.

What does BackFit do for knee pain?

First, we diagnose the pain through a hands-on evaluation and on-site digital imaging (x-ray and ultrasound) if needed.

Once we identify the underlying cause, those suffering from knee pain have a variety of treatment options available at BackFit Health + Spine including:

Our goal is for you to avoid narcotic painkillers and expensive knee replacement surgery, which can be painful and require a long recovery period.

Suffering from chronic knee pain or injury?
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