Our knees are responsible for so much. We walk, bend, jump, kick, dance and do so much more with them. It’s no wonder knee pain is so common. Many Americans are dealing with bad knees and the pain, stiffness and instability that comes with them. The causes of knee pain are varied. Sports injuries such as torn ACLs, MCLs and cartilage are very common. Arthritis is another common malady as is age related degeneration. Today, thanks to arthroscopic surgery and knee replacements, many incidents of knee pain can be resolved, but surgery isn’t always needed. In many cases, rest, ice, anti-inflammatory medications and yes, exercise, can ease knee pain.
Exercise is important to keep joints and muscles strong, that why many doctors prescribe physical therapy treatments in addition to surgery and non-surgical methods of treating knee pain. If you have knee pain that keep getting worse, prevents weight bearing, is accompanied by instability or severe swelling, you should see your doctor right away as you could have a bone fracture or torn ligament. In other cases, you can see if rest and ice help before contacting your doctor. If pain is severe or accompanied by numbness or high fever, seek assistance from the nearest emergency room to rule out blood clots and infection.