Why do I have knee pain?

Escrito por: Mr Arjuna Imbuldeniya
Publicado: | Actualizado: 12/03/2019
Editado por: Laura Burgess

Knee pain is really common and tends to affect us all at some point. If the pain doesn't settle after a few days, it's absolutely worth consulting with a health professional such as a consultant orthopaedic surgeon, who has a specialist interest in knees. The reason it's important to see a doctor as soon as possible is for an early diagnosis of what's wrong with the knee. We can then advise you of the things that you can do, the things you can't do in the coming weeks, and when you might get better.

We can also tell you about what treatment might be needed, which may include simple things like resting up, wearing a knee support, avoiding certain activities, trying certain exercises and also new therapies like seeing a physiotherapy for a new exercise regime. In some rare instances, it may mean that you need surgery. If you do need surgery, which would be really unfortunate, at least we've caught an early diagnosis to give you sort of the best treatment for the best chance of a great recovery.

Why do I have knee pain?

Broadly speaking you may have knee pain because you injured your knee. You may have injured it playing sports or from having a fall, a fractured a bone, an injured a ligament, or because of some padding of cartilage within the knee. These are known as traumatic injuries, which is just one category of what is causing the pain.

The next main category is repetitive injury. It may be that you're doing a lot of work and you're on your feet more than normal. It may be that you're quite sporty and training for a park run or a marathon, or it may be that you haven't been active for a long time and in the process of trying to get fit, the new exercises cause your knee to ache. Repetitive strain injury can often cause your knee to hurt.

The other main category might be because the knee joint itself is starting to wear out. It's a bit like if we drive our cars for a long time and we need to replace the tyres or the brake pad. Sometimes our knees can start to wear out and that's often associated with age but now even young people are starting to get osteoarthritis or wear and tear in their knees. You might get knee pain, stiffness and swelling.

Can I treat knee pain myself?

Diagnosis is key and you need to know what's caused your knee pain. Once you've seen your specialist and figured out what the cause is we can then talk about the treatment options. With many of the treatments you can absolutely start doing them yourself and essentially you can ‘own’ the treatment plan and be in charge of leading it. A lot of this involves resting, modifying your activities, maybe wearing a special knee support and looking after your diet.

You may be able to take certain supplements or medications that can help with the knee pain. You can also start your own sort of gentle rehabilitation regime, which is best performed under the guidance of a chartered physiotherapist. Sometimes a recognised osteopath can help work out a rehabilitation plan for you to help strengthen the knee again, to get the muscles moving and the knee moving really well. Absolutely you can treat things yourself, but its best under guidance.

Obviously, if you're in the unfortunate position where you need an operation, you will need a surgeon and following surgery, you're again in charge of getting yourself back to full fitness under the guidance of the physiotherapy. A key to successful treatment is a good surgeon, a good physiotherapist, and a motivated, positive patient.

If you're experiencing knee pain and would like to see a specialist, do not hesitate to book an appointment with Mr Imbuldeniya

Por Mr Arjuna Imbuldeniya

Arjuna Mahinda Imbuldeniya es un cirujano traumatólogo y traumatólogo consultor innovador con sede en Londres . Conocido por su experiencia en el uso de tecnología robótica e informática en cirugía y naturaleza compasiva y honestidad en el tratamiento de pacientes, Imbuldeniya se especializa en el tratamiento de sus problemas de cadera y rodilla , y encuentra la solución más rápida y segura con su equipo. Es un experto en cirugía de rodilla con cerradura , lesiones de ligamentos de rodilla , cirugía de rodilla asistida por robot , reemplazo cerámico de cadera en adultos jóvenes y reemplazo de cadera de revisión .

El señor Imbuldeniya es egresado de la Universidad de Londres, estudiando y formando en St Bartholomew's y The Royal London Hospital. Su formación de posgrado incluyó Kings College Hospital, Imperial College NHS Trust y Chelsea y Westminster NHS Foundation Trust, donde ahora está empleado. Completó la reconocida beca internacional de cadera y rodilla en el Mater Hospital en Sydney, Australia, el centro de reemplazo de articulaciones más grande del hemisferio sur. Aquí, obtuvo una experiencia invaluable, aprendiendo las últimas técnicas quirúrgicas en cirugía de cadera y rodilla. En 2018, el Sr. Imbuldeniya fue galardonado con el ESSKA Sports Knee Fellowship, donde viajó a Barcelona para aprender nuevas técnicas en cartílago de rodilla y cirugía de ligamentos de líderes en el campo.

Con su trabajo ampliamente publicado, actualmente activo en proyectos de investigación para mejorar la atención, ocupando varios puestos docentes, y bien entrenado por líderes internacionales en su campo, Mr Imbuldeniya es el cirujano ortopédico completo.


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