Take care of those knees!James Slater
Our knees should last a lifetime of walking, running, jumping, landing, going uphill and down dale. We just take them for granted…until something goes awry. The most common cause of knee pain is trauma. Ligaments, holding the joints in place and preventing unwanted movement can be sprained, muscles and their tendon attachments around the knee can be strained, meniscal cartilages which act as shock absorbers and help the joint to fit together more precisely can be torn and, with sufficient force, any of the bones involved can be fractured.
Twisting of the knee can often cause the most problems, it can occur with a mis-placed step whilst walking, or classically with the knee bent, the foot fixed and the knee rotating in activities such as football, rugby, squash, tennis, skiing etc. Initial symptoms may indicate the nature and severity of the injury. Immediate swelling which is hot, red and tense suggests bleeding into the joint and a potentially serious problem. A swelling which comes up over 12 to 24 hours suggests less severe trauma with an increase in the joint fluid in order to limit use of the joint.
A knee which locks when trying to straighten it indicates a loose body (a piece of cartilage or bone) which gets trapped as the knee extends. Giving way, either partially or a complete collapse of the joint is indicative of spraining/rupture of a ligament within the knee joint. Pain with audible and palpable grinding (crepitus) on the under surface of the kneecap on bending and straightening the knee when standing can indicate a mal-tracking of the knee cap.
This is by no means a complete list of all knee injuries and their symptoms. Should you injure your knee, it is important to have assessed and receive appropriate treatment. Early accurate diagnosis and definitive treatment is the key to ensuring the best outcome. As with all of the weight-bearing joints, degeneration is part of the ageing process but it does not definitely mean that your level of function will dramatically reduce as you get older.
There are things you can do, avoid putting on too much weight, regular exercise for strengthening the musculature around both the knee and the hip/pelvis area and taking ACTEN® to help protect the articular cartilage within your knees to make the movements smoother and more comfortable. It is a simple premise, the less discomfort you have and the more movement, then the more exercise you are likely to do. So we can work pro-actively to reduce the discomfort and maintain the function of our joints as we get older.Exercise + Joint movement + ACTEN® = increased function. #acten