Many people have joint pain and the cause for the pain for every individual differs. Usually joint pain is caused due to an injury or arthritis and also could be due to age related disorders and accidents. The various pains in knee joints could be from any of the following:
Pain in one joint
One of the important joint in our body that is most susceptible pain is the knee joint. It is again the most frequently damaged joint. But people should understand that all knee pains aren’t always a joint problem.
Exacerbation of osteoarthritis
Older people often get joint pains. It steadily gets worse due to osteoarthritis, a most common type of arthritis. This type can affect either a single joint or even many. Osteoarthritis damages the bone’s surface and also causes swelling in the surrounding tissues of the joint. This causes severe pain and makes the joint very stiff. Osteoarthritis can sometimes also affect the younger lot if they have suffered any bone injuries in the past and also those who are overweight. Consult your general physician immediately if you feel pain in the joints to treat it soon.
Swelling of the joint tissues
Sometimes your recent injuries in the joints or joint areas can suddenly turn to become more painful. This is because the thin layer of the tissue lining the joints and tendons could become inflamed or swollen. Tendon is a fiber like tissue that connects bones to the muscles. Minor injuries related inflammation can be treated at home using an ice pack and other anti-inflammatories.
Gout or pseudogout
Gout or pseudogout is a type of arthritis where you will experience severe pain and the skin on the joints appear to be reddish and hot. Gout is caused by uric acid which is a waste product in human body. If the uric acid levels become high, crystals are formed in the joints. These crystals make the joints swollen thereby causing severe pain.
Injury to the cartilage
Cartilage is situated at the back of the knee cap. A damaged knee cap could result from the movement of the knees up and down the stairs. This damaged knee cap is referred to as chondromalacia patellae and usually occurs due to the overuse of the knees.
Bleeding inside the joints
A recent injury on the knee joint resulting in torn skin, ligament tear or knee fracture, can cause bleeding between the spaces of the joints. Bleeding in this condition is known as haemarthrosis and is more likely to happen in people who are on anticoagulants like Warfarin. Common symptoms of haemarthrosis could be stiffness of the knee, swelling, and bruises that occur soon after an injury.