8 Main Causes Of Knee Pain & Stiffness- One Of These Could Be Your Problem

Knowing the causes of knee pain is really good to know. Has knee pain ever stopped you from enjoying activities with friends and family or from even doing your daily tasks? Well you not alone. Joint pain and stiffness affects people of all ages and is caused by a multitude of reasons. Nearly every one of us at some point in time has experienced knee pain and stiffness unable to bend or extend our knee. In fact, knee pain is the single greatest cause of chronic disability among adults age 50 and over. Knee pain is a common condition that can cause both short-term and long-term problems.  Joint pain or knee pain can be caused by various reasons. So in this post, we are going to cover 8 main causes of knee pain & stiffness.

1. Tight Hamstring Muscles

The hamstring muscles are the flexor muscles of the knee. It allows us to walk, run and jump. They consist of the biceps femoris, the semitendinosus,and the semimembranosus and originate, under your sitting bones, and is attached behind the knee, making them crucial to knee stability. When the hamstring muscles are tight or weakened this can cause knee pain and restriction and further pain while bending or flexing of the knee.

2. Tight Hip Flexor Muscles

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These muscles include the iliopsoas muscle, IT Band, the hip abductor and hip adductors. The quadriceps which, are the extensor muscles of the knee can also be affected. When these muscles are tight they often shorten and may put pressure on the knee which may cause pain. It may also shift the hip out of alignment causing muscles to over work to compensate for that thus causing knee pain such as patellar tracking problem or patellar
femoral syndrome etc.

3. Arthrofibrosis

Arthrofibrosis is when scar tissue or adhesion causes restriction of the tendon and ligament at the knee joint. This can be as a result of old sports injuries, a surgery, osteoarthritis or even a sedentary lifestyle or inactiveness. As such this can lead to other knee conditions such as patellar tendonitis, knee bursitis and knee plica.

4. Arthritis

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Arthritis is a very common problem. There are two types of arthritis. Osteoarthritis (which is caused by degeneration) and Rheumatoid Arthritis (an autoimmune problem). Both of these can cause wear-and-tear of the cartilage and surrounding tissues of the knee causing stiffness and pain to
occur. This is usually as a result of inflammation that may be in the joints. 

5. Internal Rotation of the Tibia

When muscles become tight and other muscles have to compensate and work twice as hard to accommodate these restrictions. It somethings causes the foot & joint to change position & this can cause the Internal rotate of the tibia and even the arch of your foot to flatten. This is another common problem that can cause knee pain. So if you find that your leg is looking like its forming bow legs & your experiencing pain around the knee. This could be your problem.

6. Inflammation of the Joint

When we think of joint inflammation this can indeed be another cause of knee pain. The most common symptom of joint inflammation is pain.

Inflammation of the joint is characterized by pain, swelling, tenderness, and warmth in the joints, as well as morning stiffness that lasts for more than an hour. The most common forms are rheumatoid arthritis and Osteoarthritis. 

7. Osteoporosis

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Most of the risk factors for osteoporosis are the same as for osteoarthritis. However, osteoarthritis is a condition in which the bones become less dense and more likely to fracture or break easily. It can result in knee pain, severe back pain, and change in one’s posture, etc. Osteoporosis can impair a person’s ability to walk and move and can even cause prolonged disability.

8. Obesity

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Excessive weight on your body can cause your knees to experience pain. Our knees are shock absorbers for our bodies, the cartilage between our knee and thighbone takes on a lot more force when we are overweight. And as a result, this causes it to wear more quickly. So obesity is also the main cause why a person may be experiencing knee pain.

Patricia is a certified orthopedic massage therapist, behavioral preceptor and business mentor. She has been practicing massage therapy and holistic wellness since 2017. She also holds a bachelor's degree in Behavioral Science with an emphasis in Psychology. Patricia has been in the Health & Wellness fields for approximately 6 years and 6 years respectively in sales. Patricia has worked with a wide scope of persons, ranging from Olympic athletes, international dancers, entrepreneurs, office workers, and professionals, as well as paraplegics, stroke patients, and those who have issues with neurological and musculoskeletal issues. Patricia's mandate is to help people to change their health destiny and to help them to understand, align and uncover who they truely are at the core from the lens of how God made them and sees them.

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