Your knees are involved in nearly all everyday activities, which subjects them to more stress than any other joints. Occasional aches and pains are inevitable, but how do you know when it’s time to visit a knee surgeon?
Serious knee trouble greatly impacts your quality of life. Here are guidelines outlining three major problems that call for a trip to the knee surgeon.
Isolated twinges are usually nothing to be concerned about. If you are experiencing pain that continues over time, making it increasingly difficult to perform normal activities like walking, consult a knee surgeon as soon as possible. Arthritis is the most common cause of chronic knee pain, and early treatment improves the success of pain relief.
Injury or trauma
Injuries happen most frequently during sporting activities, but you don’t have to be an athlete to suffer an injury that damages your knee, particularly the soft tissues surrounding the joint. Most injuries are caused by any movement that twists the knee, such as a sudden change in direction.
Knee injuries that require professional attention include:
- Tearing of the ACL, or anterior cruciate ligament, which connects the shin and thigh
- Bursitis, which is inflammation in the sacs of fluid that provide a buffer to the knee joint, allowing for smooth movement
- A tear in the meniscus, which is the cartilage that cushions the intersection of bones
Some conditions develop that make it difficult for the knee to function properly.
- The patella, usually referred to as the kneecap, can become displaced.
- A piece of bone or cartilage can sometimes break off to float randomly in the joint. Problems arise when one or more of these loose bodies become stuck, preventing normal knee movement.
- The iliotibial band is a ligament that extends from your hip down to the outer portion of your knee. Overuse can cause the band to tighten and become inflamed.
The sooner you consult a knee surgeon, the sooner your condition can be diagnosed and treated. Visit our website or call 602.466.7378 to schedule an appointment.