The knee is the largest joint in the human body, which makes knee pain a common disturbance for everyone at some point in time. Knee pain is usually a result of the following:
- New or previous injury
- Medical problems such as arthritis
- Lack of flexibility and daily movement
- Lack of muscle strength and conditioning
- Being of a certain weight / putting on excess weight
- Participating in sports that involve running, kicking, jumping etc.
Symptoms may include:
- Inflammation (swelling, redness, heat, pain) / deformity around the knee
- Stiffness in the joint during knee extension or movement
- Complications while trying to straighten the knee / knee “gives out”
- Weak muscle movement / inability to put body weight on knee
- Noises during knee movement such as popping or crunching
Our knees are made to absorb shock caused by various day-to-day movements that majority of us participate in. Activities such as standing, walking, jogging and going up and down stairs all put stress on your knee joints. Without frequent stretching, your muscles tighten and weaken over time. If knee pain is ignored, it is likely to cause greater damage to the joints or even lead to a disability later on.