Cause of Knee Pain

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Knee pain is very common, affecting 1 in 4 adults, and affecting 1 in 3 women in their lifetime.

Knee pain has various causes, depending on what the knee problem is. Common ailments of the knee include ligament damage (Medial and lateral collateral ligament), Anterior or Posterior cruciate ligament damage, Coronary ligament and internal menisco-femoral ligament damage.

Cartilage problems in the knee also cause many problems, including Medial or lateral Menisci tears, damage to hyaline cartilage, fibro cartilage damage and articular cartilage damage.

Other problems in the knee include Capsular tears, Tendon damage, Bursitis, Anterior knee pain, patellofemoral knee pain, fat pad damage and retuniculum damage. Each one of these problems present with their own unique symptoms, and a clear examination from a knee expert will be able to identify the problem. Many problems of the knee aren't rectified quickly due to miss-diagnosis which is why it is essential to see the knee expert.

Common causes of knee pain include trauma, degenerative tears, arthritic tears, biomechanical causes (i.e., knee mis-alignment), feet and back mal-alignments, overuse, underuse, postural and sports injuries are just a few to mention.

Knee pain can affect everyone, from the 13 year old up to the 80 year old. Most commonly, knee pain is not due to a specific sports injury, but due to a catalogue of situations with lifestyle balance.

Knee pain, or rather anterior knee pain in women is very common. This is mainly due to the fact that women have slightly larger pelvis' than men, and as such, the pull on the kneecap is slightly more angled compared to a smaller pelvis, commonly seen in men. This abnormal pull, coupled with their lax joints (again found more in men than in women) can pull the kneecap (or patella) out of alignment and give rise to anterior knee pain or patellofemoral knee pain. Early diagnosis is essential, as research shows that if anterior knee pain becomes established and incorrectly treated, surgery can be the most likely outcome.

If you would like to see Dr Solomon Abrahams to help identify and solve any knee conditions you might have he can be contacted from his website www.quickrecovery.co.uk

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