Recoup Recovery | Your Guide to treating Knee PaiN
WHAT CAUSES KNEE PAIN?
Knee pain is one of the most common ailments for many people of all ages. Whether because of athletic strain or an accident, injuries like this can cause long term problems to the knee and surrounding muscles if not properly treated.
While injuries account for a lot of knee pain, other common causes include medical conditions such as arthritis and degenerative joint disease.
Athletic injuries, however, can happen for a variety of reasons, but over activity along with poor recovery methods contribute to lingering pain.
Common knee injuries that cause pain
In addition to medical conditions like those mentioned above, many knee injuries are a result of damage to the ligaments and cartilage in the area.
ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) injuries, for example, are common for people who participate in sports where spontaneous directional changes are required, such as basketball.
For years, ACL tears were seen as a career ending injury for professional athletes, but many have returned to productive form after effective recovery methods.
Derrick Rose, and more recently Zach Lavine are two of the most well known NBA stars who have been able to achieve this feat.
Other common knee injuries can include:
- Meniscus tears
- Bone fractures
- MCL (medial collateral ligament) injuries
How to treat and relieve knee pain effectively
- Rest: Take a prolonged break from the activity that caused the injury and rest your knee.
- Ice: Use a cooling agent to ice the injured knee for at least 10 minutes three times a day.
- Elevation: Elevate your injured knee above the level of your heart and ice the injury while doing so.