A twisted knee, sometimes called a sprained knee, is common cause of knee pain. A twisted knee is typically caused by ligaments in the knee becoming stretched or torn suddenly. Often these ligaments are damaged during exercises or sports that require keeping your foot planted while twisting at the knee (pivoting). Exercises like tennis or basketball that require suddenly changing directions or jumping and landing increase your risk of a twisted knee, as well as direct hits to the knee during contact sports. Accidents and common day-to-day movements can also cause a twisted knee if the ligaments are strained or weak.
A jammed knee is often attributed to a meniscus tear caused by twisting the knee or sudden stops during exercise. The meniscus is the piece of cartilage on the knee that both stabilizes and cushions the joint. A meniscus tear is commonly referred to as a “jammed knee” because the injury tends to cause the knee to lock up or feel as though it’s stuck. More than 40% of people over 65 years have meniscus tears. Mild and moderately torn meniscus tears can heal on their own, however, more advanced tears may require surgical repairs.
A pinched knee, or anterior knee pain, occurs when the kneecap rubs against the lower part of the thighbone due to the kneecap not moving properly. Anterior knee pain can affect people at any age. In addition to overweight individuals who may experience pain, it’s not uncommon for healthy young adults, teenagers, skiers, bicyclists, jumpers, runners, and people who lift heavy objects to experience pinched knees as well. In cases where strengthening the muscles that support the knee do not help with anterior pain, surgery to remove or repair damaged cartilage, or to correct tendons can help reduce pain and restore movement.
Nearly 9 million Americans suffer from knee arthritis each year. Partially caused by everyday wear and tear on the cartilage of the knee joint, arthritis can cause stiffness, swelling, and pain. Arthroscopic surgery can help reduce pain by removing loose pieces of cartilage and smoothing bony surfaces on the knee joint. Additionally, surgery can help remove inflamed tissue.
One of the most common causes of knee pain is everyday wear and degradation of cartilage. Routine movements like taking stairs, sitting, walking, and jumping cause wear and tear on the cartilage that supports the kneecap and knee joint. While this is a common occurrence as people age, knee pain does not have to inhibit enjoyable activities. SPA patients reported 27% less interference with activities of daily life than patients who had normal arthroscopic surgery, meaning you can get back to life more quickly.
Currently, Single Portal Arthroscopy (SPA) offers one of the least invasive options on the market for correcting knee joint issues. In a study, patients who elected for SPA reported less swelling, a faster return of knee function, better pain scores, less scarring and tenderness at the incision, and a reduced need for pain medication. Living with reduced mobility and pain is unnecessary. Learn how single-incision arthroscopy can get you back to the things you love faster. Find a doctor in your area.