KNEE PAIN/KNEE BRACES
Knee pain may have stemmed from injury, like ruptured ligaments or torn cartilage, or certain medical conditions, such as arthritis, gout, and infection. Many knee pain issues can be resolved through physical therapy sessions and knee braces, but there are certain issues that result in surgery. You may want to speak to your doctor about possible relief for knee pain if you find your knee swelling or stiff, inflamed or warm to touch, weak or unstable, popping or crunching when bent, or if you find yourself unable to fully straighten the knee. Definitely contact your doctor if you cannot bear weight on your knee or if the knee feels unstable, have marked knee swelling, are unable to fully extend or flex your knee, see obvious deformity in leg or knee, have a fever with redness, swelling, and pain in your knee, or if you have severe knee pain from a new or previous injury (ACL injury, fracture, torn meniscus, knee bursitis, or patellar tendinitis.) An anterior cruciate ligament tear (ACL injury) is common among people who play sports that are very active and involve a lot of back and forth movement. Fractures in the kneecap are especially common in motor vehicle collisions or falls. Kneecaps can also be fractured easily through weakened bones from osteoporosis. The meniscus can be torn when the knee abruptly twists while bearing any weight. Knee bursitis occurs when the sacs of fluid around the knee, the bursae, become inflamed. Patellar tendonitis is when the patellar tendon, or the tissue that connects the quadriceps to the front of the thigh to the shinbone, becomes irritated or inflamed. Athletes in many jumping sports like running, skiing, or cycling often suffer from this.