The 9 Sneaky Things That Are Causing Your Knee Pain

SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue Whether it came on suddenly when you were playing tennis or more gradually over many years, knee pain can keep you from doing even the most basic of activities. At the very least, it can limit your ability to move as easily or quickly, or sit in one place for an extended time.   Arthritis is the most common cause of knee pain for older adults, said Dr. Julie Switzer, an orthopedic surgeon at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minn. Arthritis comes in three main forms, she said: osteoarthritis, inflammatory arthritis and post-traumatic arthritis. We’ll examine these types, as well as other causes of knee pain, below. The others include Lyme arthritis, torn cartilage or ligament, tendinitis, bursitis, gout and spontaneous osteonecrosis of the knee. Then, we’ll offer some treatment options. Osteoarthritis Osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative joint disease, is the most common form of arthritis. It occurs when the cartilage, a rubbery material that covers the end of a bone, breaks down and may eventually wear away. The biomechanics of your knee have changed as a result of that injury. That exquisite, nearly frictionless movement has changed. — Dr. Julie Switzer, orthopedic surgeon “A lot of those patients will have morning stiffness — they’ll have what I call ‘movie theater knee,’” said Dr. Alan Reznik, an orthopedic surgeon in New Haven, Conn., and a spokesman for the American Academy of Ortho...
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