What causes knee injury and how to treat it?

An active lifestyle and moving one’s body consistently on a daily basis is important for our overall health and wellbeing. However, as much as physical activity and movement have great benefits,  it is important to give our bodies both the necessary attention and assistance it needs when it comes to the maintenance and recovery of our joints, muscles, connective tissue (fascia) and other part of our bodies. Injuries do occur, often involving the knees. 

One of the most common causes of knee pain is called Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome. It presents  as pain at the front of your knee and around the kneecap (patella). Also known as ‘Runner’s Knee’, this pain can increase when you run, walk up and down stairs or even when sitting for long periods of time. The kneecap can also move (patella tracking) in an abnormal direction. Weak quadriceps can be an attributing factor as well as the imbalance between strength and tightness between the different muscles making up the quadriceps.

Chronic knee pain is different from temporary knee pain, with the latter normally as a result of an injury or accident. Chronic knee pain rarely goes away without treatment and isn’t always attributable to only one incident. It is most often the result of several causes or conditions and is generally a long-term pain, swelling or sensitivity in one or both knees.

Deep Freeze Cooling Spray or Gel is effective in the treatment and management of both temporary and chronic knee pain, providing for the relief of pain and discomfort around the knee. It assists in the reduction of inflammation and swelling whilst also being highly effective in post exercise recovery. 

Other factors known to cause knee pain can include sprains and strains. Injuries to the actual structure of the knee can cause bleeding and swelling, possibly leading to a chronic condition if not treated correctly. The overuse of one’s knee(s), often as a result of too much walking, running or incorrect technique in the gym, is another possible factor as well as poor posture and form during physical activity.

There are also a few medical conditions, important to be aware of, that can cause knee pain: 

  • Chondromalacia Patella: damaged cartilage under the kneecap
  • Osteoarthritis: pain, inflammation and joint destruction caused by degeneration and deterioration of the joint
  • Tendinitis: pain in the front of the knee when climbing, taking stairs or walking up an incline
  • Bursitis: inflammation caused by the repeated overuse or injury of the knee
  • Gout: arthritis caused by the build-up of uric acid
  • Baker’s Cyst: a build-up of synovial fluid (fluid that lubricates the joint) behind the knee
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA): a chronic autoimmune inflammatory disorder that causes painful swelling and can eventually cause joint deformity and bone erosion
  • Meniscus Tear: a rupture in one or more of the cartilages in the knee
  • Torn Ligament: A tear in one of the four ligaments in the knee — the most commonly injured ligament being the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL)

Deep Freeze is an effective treatment option for any of the above conditions. We recommend applying to the exact area of pain and discomfort, gently rubbing the cooling gel until it is absorbed by the skin. 

Article written by EPT – The Ultimate Sports Recovery Experts