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While knee pain is often not a sign of something serious, if it persists for more than a few days, you should consult a specialist to ensure that a treatable cause is not missed.
If you are having trouble with one or both of your knees, especially if the pain is getting worse or stopping you from doing the things that you love, this article may help.
This page will take a closer look at the symptoms, and causes of knee pain, as well as treatment options available for knee pain at Circle Health Group’s Southend Private Hospital.
If you seek help with your knee pain at Southend Private Hospital, you can be assured of a first-class service.
From meeting one of our knee pain experts in our bespoke outpatient suite through to treatment and ongoing support, you will be met with compassion, care and dignity.
“Treatment is tailored to the patient, which is very important.”
– Mr Chatenya Chauhan, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Southend Private Hospital
To understand the cause of your knee pain, it is first useful to have some knowledge of how the knee joint is constructed.
The knee is the largest joint in your body. It is formed where three bones meet: the bottom of your thigh bone (femur), the top of your shinbone (tibia) and the underside of your kneecap (patella).
Your knee joint is held together by ligaments, of which there are two kinds in your knee:
Cartilage is an essential component of the joint. It allows smooth movement and maintains the joint space. The cartilage comes in two forms:
How the pain is experienced varies considerably between people. For some, it is often worse first thing in the morning, then gets better as the knee is used.
For others, the pain gets worse as activities are undertaken. You may find that there are particular movements that worsen or relieve your pain.
The underlying cause of your pain will determine where you experience the discomfort.
Some people will feel it on the skin overlying the knee, for others it will be inside the knee joint or under the kneecap.
You may find that your knee swells up immediately after you experience pain.
This could be a sign of an injury in your joint. If this is the case you should strongly consider consulting a specialist to ensure that there is no immediate treatment required.
In addition to the pain, you may find that you are unable to move. While this could be due to a sprain or strain in an acute injury, if the difficulty persists, it could be evidence of damage within your joint.
These movements put stress on your different muscles, tendons, and ligaments and you may find one much worse than the other.
This occurs when you are suddenly unable to move the knee, as if it has become stuck mid-movement.
While there can be other causes of this symptom, it can indicate that one of the meniscal cartilages in your knee has been torn. If this has not been previously investigated you should visit a knee pain specialist to diagnose the cause and see if treatment is needed.
This can either be due to pain and swelling from an injury, or because there is an obstruction that prevents the joint from moving through the full range of motion.
If you find that this has not settled after a short period of reduced activity then it should be investigated.
As well as asking about the pain and your medical history, our experts take the time to get to know you and find out what you really want from your knee pain treatment.
Whether you are a world-class athlete or simply want to be able to play with your grandchildren, our specialists really care about getting you back to what you love.
As well as asking about your symptoms, our specialists will conduct a detailed examination of your knee, including movements and seeing how it is affected by walking.
A plain x-ray of your knee can be a good first choice investigation. It is fast to perform and, with the eyes of a specialist, is useful for picking up significant injuries, especially to your bone. They can also be used to track changes in your knee joint by taking x-rays spread out over time.
Depending on your symptoms, your knee pain expert may want to get other images taken of your knee. These could be with a CT scanner, which uses x-rays to take detailed scans of your knee from all angles.
They could also get an MRI scan, which is a specialised machine that uses magnetism to take images. It is especially good at looking for damage to the soft tissue structures of your knee.
If appropriate, your specialist might want to perform blood tests to check for evidence of infection, measure the function of organs such as the kidneys or liver, or check how well your blood clots.
There are a variety of causes of knee pain, and the only way to be certain of what is causing your discomfort is to consult a specialist.
“Getting advice early is important,” says Mr Chatenya Chauhan, a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Southend Private Hospital.
Whether from athletic activity or an accident, injury to the knee can be a cause of significant pain and disability. Damage to the knee can include:
These forms of injuries are usually not sudden, but come on over time, especially if the activity that is causing pain is continued. Some examples are:
There are a number of medical conditions that are characterised by pain from the knee joint.
If you take part in sports multiple times a week or compete to a high level, then this may be you. Common causes of knee pain in this group relate to acute injuries to muscles, ligaments and cartilage.
For some people, particularly if they have been taking part in high impact sports for some time, there may be evidence of osteoarthritis in the knee joint.
Your specialist will work with you to diagnose the cause of your knee pain and ensure that they understand the outcomes that you want from your knee pain treatment.
Osteoarthritis is much more common in this group. If after a lifetime of being active you start to find that knee pain is slowing you down, then this may be the cause.
Your specialist will help come to a diagnosis for your pain and also take the time to discover what it is that is important to you from your treatment, whether it is reducing your pain or getting you back to an activity that you love.
“It is rewarding to see a patient who was immobile get back to the golf course.”
– Mr Chatenya Chauhan, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
The treatment plan that you and your specialist devise will very much depend on the cause of your knee pain.
Treatments can include:
If your knee pain has come on relatively suddenly, for instance after exercise, then there are a few things you can try first:
If after a few days your pain is still there, or is getting worse, you should get the opinion of a knee pain specialist.
If you have sudden knee pain after an injury to your leg, or you are unable to walk, you should be assessed by an expert.
Causes can range from acute injuries to chronic damage. If knee pain is affecting your life or stopping you from doing things that are important to you, then seek the advice of one of our knee pain experts at Southend Private Hospital.
We will take the time to truly understand what is causing your pain, and what we can do to get you back doing what you love.
You will see one of our experts in our modern, private consulting rooms. Both standard and advanced knee imaging technologies are available on-site to ensure that your diagnosis can be made as soon as possible.
Two state-of-the-art operating theatres are available should you need a procedure, and our expert physiotherapy department is on hand to help with exercises and rehabilitation.
Southend Private Hospital can be found at 15-17 Fairfax Drive, Westcliff on Sea, Essex, SS0 9AG.
Book an appointment online today or call us at 01702 662923.