Do you have serious pain in the back of your knee?
Read on to learn what might be the reason – and what you can do.
What causes back of the knee pain?
You need to first figure out what isn’t the problem.
Hip injuries, for instance, can cause knee pain because of shared nerve paths. Many conditions like Sinding-Larsen’s Disease and neuromas cause knee pain.
You also need to understand the problem.
Did the pain start after a particular event? Is the pain sharp and consistent? Or does it occur during a particular activity?
The most common causes of knee pain are
2) acute damage from trauma
3) chronic damage
Damage to your anterior or posterior cruciate ligament is a common cause of knee pain in athletes. Misalignment of bones and/or muscle can cause long term damage and pain.
More than six local tissues can be sources of pain, including damage to the skin, bone, nerve and muscle.
How is knee pain treated?
There’s not much you can do for your knee pain – if it’s really serious – without getting a proper diagnosis from a doctor. A doctor will give you exercises to strengthen specific muscles that’ll reduce pain.
During this rehab, physical activity that could make the pain worse should be avoided or reduced.
Braces and shoes with special balances are also potential treatments.
Glucosamine, a supplement, has shown some – but very limited – improvement in trials.
Surgery should be a last resort. Less invasive procedures like arthroscopy should be first considered, and only after failed attempts should knee replacement be considered.
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