4 Things Your Knees Say About Your Health

March 19, 2019
Before taking any sort of medication to alleviate aches in your knees, it's best to see a specialist who can prescribe the most appropriate treatment.

Before taking any sort of medication to alleviate aches in your knees, it’s best to see a specialist who can prescribe the most appropriate treatment.

No matter how old you are, if your knees hurt, this should worry you. This might not be related to the bone or the muscle, but rather the joint, which connects the bones to the kneecap.

Whatever your case, your body is sending you a message. Something is happening to your health, and it’s related to this specific area of your body.

Taking pills for aches and pains, avoiding the gym, and taking the elevator instead of stairs are not the right answer. Although these strategies might hide or reduce the pain, they only work temporarily.

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Once you try to go back to normal, you’ll continue to have the same knee pain.

If your knees are talking to you, they will say the following things:

1. Don’t go up stairs!

A woman running up some stairs.

When your knees are screaming at you, it’s because it’s extremely painful.  If your knees hurt when going up stairs, they could be worn out.

Other causes of pain could include:

Knee pain when going up stairs could be an early sign of a disease called osteoarthritis of the knee, which affects primarily the cartilage.

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Osteoarthritis is a chronic joint condition. This means that the pain could last for a long time in the joints.  It also manifests as swelling, heat, and limited mobility.

In order to prevent this disease from worsening, it’s important that you don’t do excessive or repetitive movements.

Some characteristics that could lead to developing this condition are:

  • Age: Osteoarthritis frequently affects middle-aged individuals. It can also affect the elderly.
  • Heredity: Along with hereditary characteristics, you’ll also notice arched legs and touching knees.
  • Weight: Obesity forces the joints to have to bear more weight.
  • Injuries: Athletic injuries, for example, could be a possible cause for future osteoarthritis.
  • Overuse: Like kneeling down or bending down, lifting up heavy objects and walking as part of your job.

2. Did you hear that crack?

When the kneecap makes a small “crack” you may have torn your meniscus.  This is a common athletic injury in contact sports, like rugby and football.

When the athlete has dislocated the knee, it stops functioning properly. They may even need surgery to correct the problem.

The meniscus is made up of two cartilaginous discs that are shaped like the letter C. They are located between the femur (the thigh bone) and the tibia (the shin) and the kneecap (the central, round bone in the knee).

The meniscus helps stabilize the knee. They are what cushion impacts to the bones.

If you have a torn meniscus, you need to immobilize the knee. Strap a board to it and bandage the affected area to stabilize it.

This will also prevent unnecessary movements and will prevent further damaging the tissues and muscles. Speak to your doctor about what immobilization methods are best for you.

3. Numb knees

Sciatica causes numbness and tingling behind the knees.

Although this isn’t specifically a knee disease, it is damage to the sciatic nerve, which starts at the lumbar spine and descends down the back side of each leg. When this happens, the pain is so strong that it makes it impossible for the individual to move.

If you see your doctor about this, they could recommend applying heat or ice to the area to reduce inflammation. It’s important that you ice for the first 48 to 72 hours, and then use heat.

But don’t worry! Most of the time sciatica goes away, so long as you follow the advice of your physical therapist. But this health problem can return, so don’t be reckless.

4. Your knees feel hot

When you have pain in your knees it can make exercise difficult.

Just like sciatica, blood clots cause pain behind the knee, accompanied by heat.

The clots could be caused by:

  • Obesity. If you’re overweight and your knees start to hurt, it’s important that you try to do some simple physical activity, like walking.
  • Menopause.
  • A bone fracture.
  • Falling.
  • An accident.
  • Pregnancy.
  • Birth control.
  • Immobility. If you have a job that forces you to be seated for several hours on end, it’s important that you get up and walk a bit every once in a while.  You could also do stretching exercises.

If you’re thinking of traveling by plane or car for several hours, it’s important to try to keep your legs and shin muscles moving.

Feeling heat and pain directly behind the knee is a warning sign that your knees are forming a clot.

Clots can be potentially lethal sometimes. When a person is in danger, they may need to take blood thinners.

But medication must always be taken under medical supervision. Do not self-medicate.

Now that you know a few of the conditions that could cause knee pain, it’ll be easier for you to find treatment.

If your knees could talk to you, would they say any of these things? If so, you already know which health issue you could be experiencing.

And even though you may already know what’s causing it, don’t forget to see your doctor. They can give you a more detailed diagnosis.