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Transcript: Knee Joint Pain
I’m doing this video because I have a lot of experience with knee joint pain… in fact I’ve had partial replacements done on both knees along with a couple of injuries I suffered while playing college and later minor league baseball. So I’m going to share some basics about knee joint pain in the next few moments for anyone who just wants a little information before going to see their doctor.
You get knee joint pain from injuries, wear and tear, or medical conditions that crop up. I’ve been through all three.
Let’s look at common injuries first.
Torn meniscus. Big one. The meniscus is a tough, resilient layer of cartilage that acts like a shock absorber. A meniscus tear usually happens because of a sudden or violent twist of the knee. If you have one of these, it’s a good bet there’s knee surgery in your future.
ACL damage. The ACL or anterior cruciate ligament is one of four ligaments that help hold your knee together. ACL tears and sprains often happen to athletes who play basketball, soccer or American football — sports that demand demand sudden stopping, jumping, changes in direction, and high speed contact. Sprains heal, but tears generally require surgery to repair.
Knee bursitis. A bursa is the fluid-filled sac that cushions the outside of the knee joint so tendons and ligaments move easily over it. Bursitis usually occurs due to injury or sometimes overuse. People who kneel a lot as part of their job sometend tend to damage a bursa.
As you get older, you become a candidate for various forms of athritis that cause knee joint pain. There are more than one hundred types, but the most common include the following.
Osteoarthritis, which is also called degenerative arthritis. It’s the most common, and it occurs because of gradual wear and tear on knee cartilage.
Rheumatoid arthritis. This is actually a chronic disease, an autoimmune condition that affects joints. Pain from rheumatoid arthritis varies in severity and may even come and go.
And then there’s gout. This is a form of arthritis that occurs when uric acid crystals build up in the joint. It can occur in the knee, but more typically, it shows up in the big toe.
Of course, your doctor is your best source of information if you think you may have a knee injury.