3 things to check for knee pain

Knee pain can be caused by many different factors, and determining the cause is the first step toward relief.

Knee pain can come on slowly because of overactivity, but a sudden onset of pain can signal an injury. A proper examination can help make a diagnosis and treatment plan.

Here are 3 things to check for knee pain.

1. Knee swelling

Through a self-examination, see and feel above the kneecap as well as the back of the knee. Fluid that builds up behind the knee is called a Baker’s cyst. It is difficult to determine if there is fluid in the joint without an examination by your healthcare provider.

To reduce swelling, rest your knee and apply ice for 15-20 minutes several times a day. Elevate your knee above your torso by laying on a couch and propping your knee on a pillow.

2. Significant pain

If you are experiencing significant pain and swelling, there is redness, tenderness or warmth around the knee joint, make an appointment with your healthcare professional. You should also see your doctor if your knee pain is disrupting your daily activities or impacting your ability to sleep.

Use an anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen to help relief pain, swelling and inflammation. If you have kidney trouble or high blood pressure, use Tylenol instead to manage symptoms.

3. Grinding sensation

Sometimes knee pain is not the result of a joint issue, but rather from problems with the kneecap. There are several tests your healthcare provider can do to determine if there is damaged cartilage, tenderness under the kneecap or an unstable kneecap.

Once your doctor has determined the cause of your knee pain, you can develop a treatment plan to begin healing. A physical therapist can be beneficial during your recovery to provide stretches and exercises to strengthen and support your knee joint. Physical therapy can help improve mobility and range of motion.

Be Fit Physical Therapy & Pilates: 4934 Main St. Downers Grove, IL 60515, 630.964.4008, www.befitpt.com