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Santa Monica Orthopedic Group: Causes for Knee Pain

Medical Information:
Name: Pain in Knee
ICD 10 Code: M25.56
Affected Anatomy: The knee joint
Common Causes: Common cause of knee pain is dysregulation of the 1st and 3rd metatarsel in the feet or various types of dysregulations of structure in the feet. With some exceptions of trauma and trauma that was inappropriately treated in the past facilitating degenerative changes in the knees.
Typical Symptoms: Pain and swelling, pain while walking.
Risk Factors: Cross tendon correlation defined most clearly by degenerative changes in hips, lumbar spine, shoulders, neck and cranial structure.

Los Angeles Knee Doctor

Many patients have experienced a slight knee disorder at some point. The majority of times our movements will not result in an injury, but it isn't unexpected when difficulties build up through routine use, abuse or accidental injury. Knee disorders and personal injuries usually happen in the course of athletics, recreation and occupational work.

The bones above and below the knee are segregated by menisci or disks. The femur and the tibia and fibula are attached with muscles, tendons and ligaments. The bones extending into the knee joint are coated with articular cartilage that reduces impact and also gives a polished layer for easy knee movement.

Even though knee disorders are commonly brought about through injuries to one component or all of the components that are a part of the knee joint it might have an additional origin. Certain men and women are more inclined to end up with knee pain as opposed to others. Numerous jobs, athletics and recreation, aging, or health problems like osteoporosis or arthritis multiply your risk of having trouble walking due to knee pain. It is most important to prevent these conditions and the stability of the bone of the feet play a major role in both preventing knee pain and treating the conditions that cause knee pain.

Acute Knee Traumas

The most common reason for knee disorder are through personal injury resulting from incident impact into the knee joint or from an unusual range of motion. Knee pain, blood clotting, or inflammation might develop within only moments from the injury. Nerves and blood flow could also be damaged by the accident. The knee or lower leg could experience swelling, weakness, or coldness, numbness or appear blanch or grey.

Injuries to the ligaments and tendons that join and hold the kneecap. Strains and sprains for example.
A rip inside the elastic pads around the knee joint meniscus.
Connective tissue separation, for instance the ACL or anterior cruciate ligament. The MCL or medial collateral ligament is easily the most frequently damaged ligament associated with the knee.
Fractures to the kneecap, lower section of the femur or upper region of the tibia or fibula. Bone fractures are most frequently induced by excessive pressure, like dropping on the knee joint, an extreme rotating movement or major pressure that bends the knee outisde of its normal range of motion.
Kneecap dislocation happens mostly with girls age 12 to 18. Bits of bone or tissue resulting due to a fracture or dislocation could become trapped inside the knee joint impeding range of motion.
Knee joint dislocation is a very painful but scarce injury that requires immediate medical care. These injuries often result from a car collision.

Excessive Use Injuries

Excessive use injuries occur with repetitive activities or repeated or prolonged pressure on the knee. Activities such as stair climbing, bicycle riding, jogging, or jumping stress joints and other tissues and can lead to irritation and inflammation.

  • Inflammatory response around the bursitis.
  • Swelling of the tendons known as tendinitis or smaller rips within tendons known as tendinosis
  • Plica syndrome
  • Patellofemoral pain syndrome.
  • Iliotibial band syndrome

Problems not directly related to an injury or overuse may occur in or around the knee.

Degenerative joint disease or osteoarthritis might result in knee pain that's more serious in the morning hours and gets better throughout the day. It generally builds up around a past injury. Additionally rheumatoid arthritis, lupus or gout triggers knee pain, inflammation and rigidity.

  • Osgood Schlatter disease generates pain, inflammation and soft tissue under the in boys 10 through 16
  • A popliteal cyst produces inflammation behind the knee
  • Cellulitis, infectious arthritis, osteomyelitis, or septic bursitis is able to result in knee pain and reduced range of motion in the knee
  • A constricted nerve or a complication in the pelvis is also able to cause knee pain
  • After a section of bone or cartilage within the knee joint becomes absent of blood and dies it triggers knee pain and diminished range of motion and is a condition known as osteochondritis dissecans

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I twisted my knee in soccer practice and its swollen, tingling and a little numb. Should I just use a knee wrap and ice or see a doctor?
Doctor: See a doctor, structural specialist. Knee inflammation is due to structural disregulation. This might mean that the hip is out. The whole body needs to be checked. The knee may need to be adjusted. Ice it for now to reduce the swelling. But you may have a more serious condition that may require an MRI to be looked at by an orthopedic surgeon. Once I see the MRI I may be able to treat a knee trauma without surgery... If nothing is torn then we could move right into adjusting the bones and ligaments that may have been rotated out of place and just needs some OMT Naprapathy or red light therapy Reply
Samantha: Thank you Dr. Barnes. The MRI did reveal the tendons were not torn and Dr. Barnes was right about the knee in relation to the deviation of my spine and hip. All better now!