According to a Medscape article, regular knee pain affects about 25% of adults in the U.S. One possible reason for this high number is that more people are using sports to be more active. Sports like football, soccer and running place a lot of stress on the knees, and this stress can easily lead to painful knee injuries. There are three common injuries that cause athletes to seek knee pain therapy.
1. Meniscal tears
The meniscus is a C-shaped disc of cartilage in the knee, and its job is to absorb impacts from the thigh- and shinbones. Athletes are prone to tearing the meniscus and needing knee pain therapy, and this is because of some of the knee movements they do. For instance, the meniscus often tears when your knee twists while you have your full weight on it. The sudden starts, stops and changes of direction required in many sports makes this type of movement common. Symptoms of a meniscal tear can include knee pain, swelling, popping noises during knee movement and stiffness.
Another sports injury that can make you look for knee pain therapy is knee bursitis. Bursitis is a condition where sacs in the knee called bursae are irritated. These bursae are supposed to provide cushioning between the bones and the muscles, tendons and skin of the knee. The irritation of these sacs can lead to knee pain and other symptoms. The condition is particularly common for runners and other athletes who do repetitive knee movements, and it’s also common because there are four bursae located in and around the knee joint.
3. ACL tear
Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears can also force an athlete to seek knee pain therapy. This ligament is one of those responsible for holding the thigh- and shinbones together in your knee. Sudden starts and stops while playing sports can cause this type of injury, and this means football, soccer and rugby players can be at higher risk of ACL tears. Also, landing awkwardly from a jump can lead to an ACL tear. This means this injury is one skiers and basketball players could also develop. In most cases, a loud “pop” from the knee will signal that you’ve injured an ACL, and you may quickly feel pain in the knee and experience swelling and joint instability.
Get therapy for your knee pain at Arrow Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation
If you’re dealing with these or other knee injuries, Arrow Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation is here to help. We have clinics located in Union, Edison and Woodbridge, New Jersey, and we offer complimentary screenings to help you determine the cause of your knee pain. Our team also provides our patients with personalized therapy plans designed to offer benefits like:
- Reduced pain
- Faster healing
- Improved joint mobility
- Decreased risk of future injury
Contact our team today for more information or to schedule an initial appointment if you’re tired of living with knee pain.