The rise of knee pain

The rise of knee pain

Over the last few months we have been increasingly seeing patients with chronic knee pain, and not only the older people but predominately young kids. Much of this pain is located around the knee cap, and often becomes worse with activity, even something as simple as walking. Clinical diagnosis is always needed, and can often be treated in various ways. One thing many people, especially parents should be aware of is that the earlier treatment can begin, the better the prognosis. Some common conditions include: Osgood Schlatter's is the most common, and is the inflammation of the patella ligament at the ischial tuberosity. It is characterized by a painful lump just below the knee and is most often seen in young adolescents. Risk factors include overuse (especially in sports involving running, jumping and quick changes of direction) and adolescent growth spurts.

Sinding Larson Johasson Syndrome affects the proximal end of the patellar tendon as it inserts into the inferior pole of the patella. It represents a chronic traction injury of the immature osteotendinous junction. Presentation is with point tenderness at the inferior pole of the patella associated with focal swelling.

Patella Tendonitis is an overuse injury affecting your knee. It is the result of your patella tendon being overstressed. A common name for it is Jumper's Knee. The greatest level of stress through the patella tendon is during jumping and landing activities.Patellar tendonitis usually affects athletes involved in sports such as basketball, volleyball, soccer, football, track and field (running, high and long jump), tennis, dancing, gymnastics and skiing.

Baker’s cyst: a buildup of synovial fluid (fluid that lubricates the joint) behind the knee.

Many of these conditions have a close relationship, and can take some time for treatment. Best thing to do is not ignore the symptoms, like many of us tend to do.

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