Knee pain is something I am very familiar with. At one point or another, I have experienced all but one. No one would ever accuse me of being an athlete. If I had known when I was much younger what I know now, it might not be so bad. I’m certainly hoping I can prevent others from having the problem.
Age/Gender: It’s generally thought that age is the main factor in developing knee pain. That isn’t necessarily true. Using arthritis as an example, 2/3 of those who have it are under 65. It is true that women are more likely to have it than men (60%).
Athletes: There is more to that risk factor than those who play professionally. Anyone who does anything possibly considered sports is at risk. As an example a child playing soccer or baseball could end up with knee pain for a variety of reasons, usually from an injury. It’s important to assess the risk and use proper equipment and training to help avoid this problem.
Repetitive Motions: Walking, running and some exercises can cause problems with the knees. Tendonitis and bursitis are the two most likely causes in this area. Tendons connect bones to muscles, which allow us to move. The bursa is the sac around the joint. Both of these can swell up and cause pain.
Injuries: This is one of the worst problems. For my part, I tripped over a floor jack and shattered my knee on the handle. This has caused chronic pain and that may happen with some of the other injuries. Tendons and ligaments can be torn, bits of bone and cartilage may build up in the joint and other injuries are possible.
Arthritis: Whether it’s from repetitive motion or an injury, arthritis is a big problem in the knees. There are many types of arthritis and many of them could affect the knee, but injury of some sort is most likely to be the cause.
Weight: It stands to reason that being overweight could cause knee pain. The joint gets overworked. It also can accelerate arthritis damage. Losing weight can help ease the pain and prevent further damage.
If you are suffering from knee pain, talk to your doctor. If the problem is weight, the doctor can give you a list of exercises that will help with the weight loss. If it’s from an injury or repetitive motion, there are several ways of addressing it, including aquatic physical therapy. Injuries can be treated, though you may be told not to play that particular sport again if the injury is serious.