Knee pain can be a frustrating and debilitating condition that affects individuals of all ages and activity levels. At Summit Integrated Health, we understand knee pain’s impact on your daily life, so we offer comprehensive multidisciplinary care to help you find relief and return to your regular activities.
The Knee Anatomy
The knee is a complex joint that supports the body’s weight and facilitates movement. The knee joint is one of the most intricate joints in the human body, allowing for flexion and extension of the lower leg and slight internal and external rotation. It comprises several parts, including the femur, tibia, patella, and ligaments and tendons.
The femur is the thighbone, while the tibia is the shinbone. The patella, or kneecap, is a small bone that sits in front of the joint. Ligaments are strong bands of tissue that connect bones to each other, while tendons connect muscles to bones. Knee pain can occur when any of these components don’t function optimally.
What is Knee Pain?
Knee pain can be described as a discomfort, tenderness, stiffness, or swelling in one or both knees. The severity and location of the pain can vary depending on the underlying cause. Knee pain can be caused by various factors, such as injuries, misalignment, or degenerative changes. According to a recent study, knee pain is a prevalent issue affecting around 25% of all adults and results in about 4 million visits to medical professionals annually.
Examples of Mechanical Problems:
- Loose bodies, which are fragments of bone or cartilage that can float in the joint
- Iliotibial band (IT band) syndrome, which occurs when the band of tissue that runs along the outside of the thigh becomes tight and inflamed, causing pain on the outside of the knee
- Dislocated kneecap (patella), which happens when the patella slides out of place
- Gait alterations in the way you walk or run can put extra stress on the knee joint
Schedule Your Consultation
Schedule a consultation with Summit Integrated Health to determine the underlying cause of your discomfort and get the relief you need. Our team of medical professionals is dedicated to providing personalized care that addresses the root cause of your pain and promotes healing. Contact us today and take the first step toward pain relief — we see patients across the Las Vegas Metro Area and Clark County.