Common Conditions for Knee Injury Treatment

I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis fifteen years ago, and I have had several flare-ups flanked by periods of remission during that time. I'm pleased to say a number of new drug treatments have become available since I was diagnosed, but I've always been keen to explore alternative treatments, such as hydrotherapy, acupuncture, homeopathy and massage, as a way of complementing my medical treatment. I started this blog to document the alternative treatments I've tried and share information about current research into drug-free treatments for managing the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. If you've tried an alternative treatment that's eased your symptoms, I'd love to share your experiences on the blog.

Common Conditions for Knee Injury Treatment

25 June 2020
 Categories: Health & Medical , Blog

If you're suffering from knee pain that lasts for over a week, you need to see a doctor. You should be particularly concerned if you have reduced range of motion or if bending your knee is difficult. Apart from dislocation, fractures, and minor sprains, some conditions require immediate knee injury treatment.

1. Ligament Sprains

Your knee joint is held in place by ligaments. When there's an excessive force or sudden twists on your knee joint, your ligaments may be overstretched. Torn ligaments bleed into the knee resulting in pain, joint laxity, and swelling. The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), which is located at the centre of the knee, is the most affected knee ligament. A ruptured ACL is very painful and doesn't heal through self-care treatment. You may need to consult a doctor for reconstructive surgery.

2. Meniscal Tears

When there's a torn cartilage in your knee, you're probably suffering from a meniscal tear. The menisci are two strands of cartilage found between your shinbone and thighbone. These rubbery wedges can tear slowly because of old age. When the meniscus tears because of the ageing process, the condition is called a degenerative meniscus tear. For a sudden meniscus tear, you'll feel a pop in the knee. After the injury, tightness, swelling, and pain will increase in the days that follow. You should seek knee injury treatment before your condition gets worse.

3. Bursitis

Bursae are fluid-filled sacs that protect the knee joints, allowing the ligaments and tendons to slide over the joint comfortably. The bursae can swell with repeated pressure from kneeling or overuse. This swelling or inflammation is called bursitis. In many cases, bursitis can be treated through basic first aid. However, some cases may require specialised knee injury treatment like antibiotics to reduce inflammation. In severe cases, excess fluid needs to be drawn from the sacs. This procedure is called aspiration.

4. Tendon Tears

The patellar tendon in the knee is responsible for straightening the leg. Tendon tears are common among athletes and middle-aged people. However, people outside this risk group can get tendon tears. Most patellar tendon tears are partial and require physical therapy and sufficient rest. A complete tear is disabling since it will affect your movement. In such cases, surgery may be necessary to regain normal function.

The knee is the largest joint in the body and the most susceptible to injury. It consists of bones, cartilage, ligament, and tendons. Knee injuries usually affect any of these components of the knee. Some of the knee injuries you should look out for include meniscal tears, bursitis, ligament sprains, and tendon tears. If you experience any knee injury that takes long to heal and does not respond to basic first aid, consult a doctor.