Top causes of knee pain
The Top Causes of Knee Pain and Injuries
Exercising and leading an active lifestyle is one of the best things you can do for your knees – and the rest of your body. But, even when you’re looking after yourself accidents can happen.

Exercising and leading an active lifestyle is one of the best things you can do for your knees – and the rest of your body. But, even when you’re looking after yourself accidents can happen.

Knee pain is extremely common and most people experience it in some degree during their lifetime. Once you discover the cause of your knee injury you can work with a professional to restore your knee back to health. 

What are the main causes of knee pain and knee injuries?

There are seven main reasons why you might experience knee pain and swelling:

  1. Bursitis or ‘preacher’s knee’. Falling or excessive bending and kneeling (like when you’re cleaning or laying carpet) can irritate and rupture a small sac on top of your knee cap called a bursa.
  2. A dislocated kneecap. If you suddenly change direction when your leg is planted on the ground, your knee cap can slide out of position.
  3. Iliotibial (IT) band syndrome. Running excessively downhill can overstretch your IT band – a piece of tissue that runs from your hip to your knee.
  4. Loose cartilage. An injury can cause cartilage to break loose and get stuck in your knee joint. You might experience more of a ‘catching’ sensation rather than pain when this happens.
  5. Osgood-Schlatter disease. When you’re young and your knee joint is still developing you can develop this condition from overdoing it during exercise. You’ll notice a painful bump below your knee.
  6. Patellar tendinitis or “jumper’s knee”. The tendon that connects your kneecap to your shin bone can become inflamed from excessive exercising or jumping.
  7. Osteoarthritis. This the main cause of knee pain after the age of 50.

Plus, if an old knee injury wasn’t properly treated in the early stages, it can potentially flare up and become painful again.

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Treating your knee pain

Elastoplast offers a range of products to help you relieve pain in your knees.
If you’ve sustained an acute knee injury contact a qualified physician immediately. While you’re waiting follow the RICER protocol: 

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Preventing knee pain and knee injuries

Exercising with caution and protecting your knee is the best way to avoid any of the above causes of knee pain and injury. Follow these tips to lower your risk of injury:

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