Most of us lead fairly active lives, whether it’s juggling kids, involvement in school athletics or just keeping up with the recreational activities. No one wants to be slowed down with chronic knee pain. So when the pain begins to interfere with your quality of life, consider seeing your New Orleans orthopedic surgeon Dr. Richard Meyer.
Pain around the front of the knee is referred to as kneecap pain, which often stems from problems with the soft cartilage under the kneecap. In athletes, soft tissue pain in the tendon at the front of the knee is common.
In some peoples’ knees, the kneecap is not in complete alignment. If so, it will come under additional stress, particularly with vigorous activities. Over time, this can also cause excessive wear or softening of the cartilage of the kneecap, resulting in pain. While this problem may occur with an injury, often it does not.
According to your New Orleans orthopedic surgeon, weakness in the quadriceps muscles along the front of your thigh, which might follow an incident of knee swelling or injury, can result in misalignment of the kneecap.
Some people just have poor alignment in their entire thigh and leg, which results in pressure being concentrated on the outer part of the kneecap instead of being evenly distributed over the whole kneecap. This causes the tendons on the inner part of the knee to be stretched while the tendons on the outer part of the knee shorten, a process that continues over time.
Many patients of your New Orleans orthopedic surgeon report that their pain is worse when their knee is bent, when they get up from a sitting position, going up or down stairs, kneeling or squatting. Sometimes they feel as if their knee will give way or report that it “catches” while they are moving.
Often, therapy and an exercise program can resolve the problem, but you’ll want an orthopedic surgeon’s diagnosis and direction.
If soft tissues, tendons and muscles are the source of the pain, stretching can be very helpful in recovering strength and flexibility as well as having a home exercise program. Hamstring stretching also helps. Also recommended are icing and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications.
Your New Orleans orthopedic surgeon can show you a program of exercises to build quadriceps muscles. You might also get help with a brace, which provides support specific to your ailment.
If you are suffering from knee pain, call the office of New Orleans orthopedic surgeon Dr. Richard Meyer today to schedule a consultation and let’s get to the source of your pain.