The knee joint is the largest and most used joint in the body and resulting injuries and arthritis is often debilitating. I fully understand the pain you are dealing with. I lived with chronic knee pain for 30 years and had multiple knee surgeries including experimental acl replacement and total knee replacement.
The good news is that today I am pain free. I will tell you more about my story and the solution I found shortly.
First, let's look at why you may be experiencing knee pain.
Chronic Knee Pain Symptoms
There are many conditions that can cause knee pain. Generally, you are dealing with sensitivity in one or both knees, swelling and or long term pain.
Other symptoms can include:
Shooting, sharp pain during movement
Consistent aching of the joint
A dull burning sensation
Even sensitivity to just touching the knee
Your Knee Joint
Your knee joint is made up of tendons, ligaments, bone and cartilage.
Cartilage is located on both sides of the knee and acts as a shock absorber between the upper leg bone (Femur) and the lower leg bones (Tibia and Fibula).
Many sports injuries happen when the cartilage wears down from twisting, turning, jumping, running and weight bearing. Basically, wear and tear.
When that cartilage begins to break down pain can begin and become that dreaded chronic knee pain.
What actually happens is the cartilage is wearing away and losing its elasticity and over time actually begins to shred away. The knee swells because a fluid called synovial fluid forms in the knee joint, which is the body's way of trying to protect the joint.
Constant wear and tear can cause this fluid to crystalize into little pieces and that is the beginning of knee arthritis.
I encourage you to see your doctor sooner rather than later when you are experiencing knee pain. Early diagnosis and treatment can reduce long term chronic pain.
Preventing Chronic Knee Pain
There are many things you can do to prevent chronic knee pain. You can also alleviate your knee pain once you are already experiencing it. Here are a few tips:
Get down to optimal weight. Your knee joint multiplies the forces applied to it when bending and every pound you lose is less stress on this overstressed joint.
Walk and bike on smooth surfaces to lessen the twisting and pounding on the joint.
Do low impact exercises such as bicycling or swimming verses tennis or running.
If you do run, don't run down hills.
Warm up and cool down properly and stretch properly (never bounce).
If you are experiencing chronic knee pain
Try over the counter medicines (if advised by your doctor)
Physical Therapy can do wonders for knee pain because Physical Therapists are trained to recognize many things that can be corrected by muscle balancing, gait adjustments, etc....
Surgery may be an option as well.
My solution to knee pain
I mentioned earlier that I found a solution to my knee pain. I was desperate to find a way to bike again after arthrofibrosis (excessive scar tissue) formed in my knee after total knee replacement surgery.
My ROM (range of motion) was limited and very frustrating to say the least. I had 60 degrees of flexion (bending) and 10 degrees of extension.
Finally, I worked together with an inventor/ manufacturer to help develop a product called the Orthopedal® and changed my world forever.
The Orthopedal® provides a way to cycle as a solution to knee pain by allowing you to decide what range of motion you want to use while cycling! Less range of motion can keep you in your 'pain free zone' while giving you a good healthy cardio workout!
Do they work?
Here is what happened to me: At first I had to build up my strength slowly by riding up and down my driveway but within two months I was bicycling up Blue Mountain's 1,500 foot vertical climb!
Six months later I was stable and pain free, thanks to my Orthopedals! Four years later, I am still going strong and helping people just like you every day with the Orthopedal. I would love to share this experience with you and you can learn more at orthopedal.com
Dave Moseley is a Kinesiologist graduate of Penn State University. His passion for helping people exercise and function properly directly relates to the biophysical knowledge he provides on human movement. In addition, Dave has multiple experiences working with personal trainers, strength coaches, physical therapists, chiropractors, clinical nutritionists and doctors of integrated medicine.