Since the knee joint is one of the most important joints in our body, chronic knee pain resulting from an injury or arthritis is usually debilitating.
I fully understand the pain you’re going through.
I lived with the pain for 30 years and had to deal with ACL replacement and total knee replacement surgeries.
The exciting part today is I’m now pain free.
I’ll tell you more about my story and the solution I found in just a minute.
First, let’s address why you may be experiencing your knee pain.
Chronic Knee Pain Symptoms
This condition is a broad one and your experience with it may differ from the next person’s. Generally, you’re dealing with sensitivity in one or both knees, swelling and long-term pain.
Other symptoms are:
- Shooting, sharp pain when walking, running, etc
- A consistent ache
- A dull burning sensation
- Sensitivity from simply touching your knee
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Your Knee Joint
Your knee joint is made up of tendons, ligaments, bone and cartilage.
At the back of the knee is the most important muscle supporting the joint. This is the cruciate ligament.
The next important parts are your cartilage located at each side of your knee. This cartilage is a gelatinous type of tissue and acts as shock absorbers. Its sole function is to stop the three leg bones (Femur, Tibia and Fibula) from grating off one another.
Many sports injuries occur when the cartilage wears down from the constant twisting, turning, jumping, running and weight bearing. If you’re active in sports related activities it’s important for you to build up the knee joint as strong as possible.
Once that cartilage begins breaking down pain can begin almost immediately and become that dreaded chronic knee pain.
What actually happens is the cartilage is wearing away and losing its elasticity and over time becomes shredded. The knee swells because a fluid called synovial fluid forms in the knee joint, which is the body’s way of trying to protect the joint.
Constant wear and tear can cause this fluid to crystallize into little pieces and that’s when you’re looking at the beginning of arthritis.
I encourage you to see your doctor sooner rather than later when you’re experiencing any sort of regular knee pain.
Find out early what the situation is.
The Cruciate Ligament
This is a very large muscle made up of ligaments, tendons, and nerves. It’s called the Cruciate because it’s like a cross stretching across the back of your knee joint.
When the cruciate is injured, and depending on the severity of the injury, it usually requires major knee surgery to stitch back all the torn tendons and ligaments.
We’re All “Fair Game” for Knee Injuries/Pain
Many folks think of athletes when it comes to knee injuries, surgery and chronic knee pain.
This can become the nightmare of anyone, however. Knee injuries happen in mild Sunday afternoon church softball games. They happen when people decide to get back into shape at the gym and workout too hard in the beginning.
They happen to the elderly. If an elderly person tears any type of ligament or tendon in the knee joint, it can have very serious consequences regarding their future mobility.
Preventing Chronic Knee Pain
All you can do is work to prevent what causes pain to develop. You can help alleviate your pain once you’re already experiencing it:
- Get down to your optimal weight
- Walk & bike on smooth, paved surfaces
- Use low-impact exercise activities, such as bicycling or swimming, as opposed to running or tennis
- If you do run, walk down hills because it places less force on your knee
- Always warm up properly by stretching your hamstrings and quads. Do this before & after a workout
Treating Your Pain
Some of the methods for treating knee pain include:
- Self care
- Physical Therapy
If total knee replacement surgery does become necessary in your situation, know that it’s been proven to be quite successful for seriously damaged knee joints. It can eliminate arthritis, give you a stronger knee joint and eliminates pain.
Of course, everyone responds differently to surgery so it’s very important that you talk through all those options carefully with your doctor.
My Solution to Chronic Knee Pain
I mentioned above that I had found a solution to my pain. It was a must because even after my total knee replacement surgery I developed arthofibrosis (excessive scar tissue) in my knee joint.
My range of motion was limited. I was experiencing 65 degrees flexion/10 degrees extension.
Finally, I worked with an inventor/ manufacturer to help develop a product called Ortho-Pedal and everything changed.
These pedals allow you and I to use cycling as a solution to knee pain. Cycling can sometimes be ineffective, due to the inability to achieve correct cycling form to fit your specific pain and range of motion.
Do they work?
Here’s what happened to me: At first I had to develop my strength slowly in my driveway but within 2 short months I was bicycling up Blue Mountain’s 1500-foot climb.
Six months into my Ortho-Pedals experience I was at 100 degrees flexion/0 degrees extension.
I have a stable, pain free knee now!
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