Knee pain can be acute (severe pain that comes on suddenly due to injury) or chronic (frequent recurrence over long duration).
Knee pain or discomfort can be the result of traumatic injury or conditions such as arthritis. Knees are the bodies largest joint and absorb shock, which can often lead to overuse injuries.
Most knee pain injuries need time to heal. Always consult your medical professional when a problem persists. Shoes with high levels of cushioning and more pronounced arch support systems are often suggested to alleviate discomfort. Proper Insoles with high levels of ABZORB cushioning can also help joints absorb shock.
Common chronic knee injuries are:
Knee Osteoarthritis: Osteoarthritis of the knee is predominately considered a wear and tear process, where there is gradual degradation of the hyaline cartilage that covers the articulating surfaces of the bones in the knee joint. It is common in people older than 40 years, especially women.
Chondromalacia patella: pain and tenderness in the front of the knee that is worse after sitting for long periods, going downstairs, or running downhill. A grating or grinding sensation can be heard/felt during knee extension.
Common acute knee injuries are:
ACL Tear: People feel or hear a pop followed by intense pain and immediate swelling. An ACL injury most commonly occurs during sports involving sudden stops and changes in directions such as basketball, soccer, tennis and volleyball.
Meniscus injuries: Each knee has two menisci, which are located between the cartilage surfaces: one is on the inside of the knee (medial meniscus) and the other on the outside of the knee (lateral meniscus). Athletes, particularly those who play contact sports, are at greater risks of meniscal tears.