Knee Joints – Stiffness & Pain
Knee pain is a common problem that can originate in any of the bony structures compromising the knee joint, the kneecap, or the ligaments and cartilage of the knee. Knee pain can be aggravated by exercise, affected by the surrounding muscles and their movements, and be triggered by other problems such as a foot injury. Knee pain can affect people of all ages, and home remedies can be helpful unless it becomes severe.
The knee joints are one of the largest and strongest joints in the body and allow us to sit, stand, walk, and climb. Because knees are responsible for so much of the movement we do every day, knee joints are particularly vulnerable to damage, and painful knee joints are a very common problem.
Let’s see how it works exactly: The knee is a hinge joint formed by the meeting of three bones. The femur, or thighbone, has two rounded hollows in the end, that house the bones of the lower leg, the tibia and the patella. The knee joint is lined with cartilage and synovial fluid, and an extra layer of cartilage shaped like a figure eight – called a meniscus – that sits between the femur and tibia to absorb shock from impact with the ground.
Causes knee pain
Knee pain is typically caused by injury, overuse, or chronic conditions like osteoarthritis. Knee pain is the most common joint pain reported by arthritis patients. When the protective cartilage around the knee joint begins to break down, the mechanically complex joint can begin to creak or pop out of place, making you sore, achy, and stiff. Certain factors put you a greater risk for knee pain, such as excess weight and tight, weak muscles. Many report knee pain being worse in the morning or after sitting for long periods, and some say it seems to get worse in rainy weather. Knee pain can be divided into three major categories:
- Acute injury: such as a broken bone (Fractures), torn ligament, Ligament injuries, Meniscus injuries, Dislocation
- Medical conditions: Rheumatoid arthritis, Gout, infectious arthritis
- Chronic use/overuse conditions: osteoarthritis, patellar syndromes, tendinitis, and bursitis
- The hurt limb or joint looks odd, is a strange shape, or is out of its normal position.
- The skin over the site of an injury is broken.
- You have signs of nerve or blood vessel damage, such as:
- Numbness, tingling, or a pins-and-needles feeling.
- Skin that is pale, white, or blue, or feels colder than the skin on the limb that is not hurt.
- Not being able to move the limb normally because of weakness, not just pain.
- You cannot put weight on or straighten a hurt limb, or a joint wobbles or feels unstable.
- You have severe pain.
- You have a lot of swelling within 30 minutes of the injury.
- Swelling and pain do not improve after 2 days of home treatment.
- You have signs of infection after an injury. These may include increased pain, swelling, warmth, and redness; red streaks leading from the area; and fever.
Prevention of painful knee joints
We all wish to avoid knee pain as we age, so we can stay mobile, free, and independent as long as we can. If you’re overweight, losing as little as 5 or 10 pounds can take a lot of weight off your knees, which absorb up to 6 times your body weight during intense physical activity. A healthy diet of fruits, vegetables, healthy fats, and lean proteins can help de-stress the body and help rehabilitate damaged cartilage. Flexiqule can be the extra boost you need to relieve knee pain and encourage repair. This unique formula of Ginger and Boswellia extracts is packed anti-inflammatory properties that can target the knee pain quickly and safely.