7 Tips For Dealing With Your Knee Pain

Friday, January 29th, 2021

Most people take their knees for granted, at least until something gets injured. Any kind of knee pain can make simple tasks difficult or stop you in your tracks completely. No matter who you are, it is important to understand what knee pain can mean and how to treat it.

1. Knee pain isn’t normal, so don’t ignore it

Your knees bear your weight and absorb shock whenever you move. Healthy knee joints don’t hurt and have a good range of motion. If you injure your knee or have a condition like arthritis, ignoring the pain will not help it get better. In fact, it will only get worse if you do not seek treatment.

2. Don’t self-diagnose

You may think you know what is wrong with your knee, but it isn’t good to diagnose issues on your own. Typically, younger folks don’t get arthritis, but it isn’t uncommon enough to rule out. On the same note, older people shouldn’t assume they have a long-term condition rather than a sudden injury.

3. Know the difference between traumatic and non-traumatic pain

Although you shouldn’t try to diagnose your pain, there are some ways you can know what might be causing it. Traumatic pain refers to that which is caused by something sudden. For example, you could tear a ligament while playing sports or if you slip on ice. Non-traumatic pain comes from overuse of a joint or certain conditions.

4. Don’t rule out inflammation

Health conditions and injuries are serious, but something as simple as inflammation can cause bad pain too. This issue can also be caused by tissues wearing away, strains, and tears. The goal of most knee pain treatment is to reduce inflammation because it is common across most joint problems.

5. Using R.I.C.E can help reduce pain

This acronym stands for rest, ice, compression, and elevation. By taking these steps two or three times daily, you can significantly reduce pain and inflammation. Your doctor may recommend that you take anti-inflammatory and pain medications for a short period to help with your initial symptoms too.

6. Know when you should see an orthopedic doctor

If you know you have injured your knee, but aren’t too concerned, you can try using the R.I.C.E. method for one to two weeks. If your symptoms do not resolve after that time, see an orthopedic doctor or a physical therapist. If you hear a pop or crack from your knee, see a doctor as soon as possible. This type of noise can indicate a fracture or tear.

7. Pinpoint your injury (with a doctor)

Because your knee has so many parts, you should speak with a professional to see what is the cause of your pain. Here are just some common examples of pain and what might be causing it.

  • Ligaments: If you have injured a ligament, you may feel instability or your knee may buckle.
  • Bone or cartilage: With an injury to either of these, your knee may lock in place or catch. You will likely have a limited range of motion. The pain will be deep in the joint or right under the kneecap.
  • The tendons: You might not feel much pain while resting, but it will get worse as activity increases. The pain will be in front of the knee joint.
  • The bursa: This acts as a cushion that protects the bones and tendons in your knee from rubbing together. The pain gets worse after activity, but any stiffness you feel will likely go away after the first few bends.

Contact Texas Panhandle Orthopedics today!

Dr. Dear and his caring Team are here to help you feel better, faster. Our goal is to get you back to doing what you love. If you are experiencing knee pain, give us a call at (806) 502-6570 and view our Services. In many cases, we can offer same or next day appointments and we accept walk-ins (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday) as well.