Why men get Pain in the Knee?
Knees bear a lot of stress every day. It is involved in every body movement. When we bend down or sit, go for jogging, take an aerobic session, run or simply walk; knees are under constant pressure. This means that exercise might benefit the entire body but it is a stressful activity for the knee.
Going by the U.S. emergency department statistics, about 1.3 million people suffer from acute knee trauma. Osteoarthritis is the main culprit for the knee pain followed by patellofemoral syndrome also known as “runner’s knee”. For men above 50, the tears of the menisci cartilage could be the pain source; this cartilage is responsible for providing structural support to the knee.
Why knee pain is a concern is because they are under constant pressure even during the formation years. The chances for further damage therefore, increase.
Men could experience knee pain because of varied reasons. These could be:
- Arthritis: as already disclosed, knee is most vulnerable to damage by osteoarthritis. The cartilage, which is a protective gear of the joint, wears away in this degenerative process.
- Patellofemoral Syndrome: overexerting the knees is the major cause for this condition. The pain could be dull; men could feel pain around and under the front kneecap. If a kneecap has de-aligned or there is a case of torn cartilage, the syndrome could set in.
- Torn Cartilage: as already said, overexerting the knee is going to affect adversely. The overexertion tears the menisci, which results in unbearable pain. Men could also experience that knee begins to lock over time.
- Tendonitis: agreed that running, cycling, jumping all is good for health but overuse will cause damage to the tendons. The person could experience inflammation of tendons. The pain could set in when the person is walking up or down the stairs.
- Strain in the knee ligaments: Unfortunately, you meet a mishap and there is a severe damage to the knee. Knee ligaments could get sprained or twisted resulting in unbearable pain while walking or sitting.
There are a number of diagnostic methods available, some of which are:
- Imaging tests: X-rays, MRI. CT scans
- Bone scan: the doctors inject a small amount of radioactive fluid in the affected area. This is done to assess the blood flow to various knee parts and the bone. It also gives a picture of the ongoing cellular activity in the bone.
- Arthroscopy: arthroscopy is a small tube fitted with a tiny camera. It is inserted in to the knee to take knee’s internal images for a thorough evaluation.
There is a number of remedial measure available depending upon the exact cause of the pain. Some of them are:
- Resting or icing it for 15 to 20 minutes. Repeat this process after every three to four hours
- Use crutches to take off the pressure from knees
- Wearing a knee brace will also help. It will support the ligaments and keep them in place.
- If these home remedies do not seem to work out, there are medications available. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), aspirin, Tylenol etc.
- Undergoing physical therapy
Undoubtedly, physical activities and exercises are good for you, but do not overexert the knees. Listen to what your body says. If it wants some rest, take rest. If you ignore the body’s warning signal, it will spell doom on you.