Knee pain Kennewick WA
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About knee pain
Knee pain is caused by many factors as it is one of the joints most prone to injury or damage because it bears the full weight of your body and any extra force when you run or jump. Its structure and multiple components put it at risk of many types of injuries, which can result in knee pain or loss of function.
A knee injury can happen suddenly as a result of the knee being hit, twisted, fallen on or moved beyond its range of motion. Knee injuries are common among athletes and may result in tears to one of three major ligaments – medial collateral ligament (MCL), the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) or posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) – or the menisci, crescent-shaped wedges of cartilage in the knee designed to disburse your body weight across the joint.
Knee injuries can also happen slowly over time. For example, a complication such as a leg-length discrepancy or arthritis in the hip that causes you to walk unaligned can throw off the mechanics of the knee, leading to damage. Repetitive stress to the knee – from sports or jobs that require bending and lifting, for example – can cause the cartilage to wear down over time.
If you are experiencing pain in your knees it is best to see an orthopedic doctor as quickly as possible to help diagnose and treat your condition.
MARK R. MERRELL, MD
Diplomate, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Tri-Cities – Richland, Kennewick and Pasco Washington