How Serious Is Knee Swelling? Acquaint yourself about the factors that cause knee swelling and how to treat them. There are several reasons for knee swelling and they’re either caused by disease or injury. Pro Physiotherapy session s can help you to reduce knee swelling by doing a proper diagnosis. They will do an assessment thoroughly in the first physiotherapy session to find the root cause of the knee swelling.
Pinpointing the cause of knee swelling will be difficult to do because, although the knee is just a small area, it’s composed of several parts which are prone to disease or injury. The reason for this is that the knee is subjected to heavy work and stress.
A little mistake will cause your knee to swell or inflame. Knee swellings are most of the time painful, but only seldom are they serious or life-threatening.
It’s not difficult to treat most knee swelling. Often home therapy will cure the swelling after 48 to 72 hours. The knee is composed of muscles, bones, cartilages, tendons, ligaments, and bursa which are responsible for supporting and giving it strength.
Muscles and bones are the supporting structures. Cartilages are responsible for cushioning the impact between bones and other tissues.
The bursa contains the synovial fluid which lubricates the cartilages to facilitate smooth movement, the ligaments bind the bones together, and the tendons connect the muscles to the bones. An injury in any of these parts will definitely invite knee swelling.
And when the knee is impaired so is your ability to move, although this will depend on the seriousness of the illness. One of the causes of knee swelling is knee sprain.
A knee sprain is brought about by injury to the 4 major ligaments found in the knee. Overstretching of the ligaments will result in knee swelling.
Bursitis is the inflammation of the bursa which contains the synovial fluid responsible for lubricating the joints. The frequent contact between the tendon and the bursa due to excessive physical activities will cause the bursa to inflame.
Pus, blood, and the synovial fluid will fill the bursa, and knee swelling will follow. Meniscus tear is yet another factor for knee swelling.
This usually happens due to a sudden twist of the knees. The cartilage or meniscus gets torn and the pieces are lodged between the bone joints.
There are several more knee injuries that cause knee swelling such as arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, trauma, and infection to name just a few. Swelling and inflammation are the usual symptoms of knee swelling.
Tenderness, tightness of the knee area, and movement during movements also signify knee swelling. The presence of pus and blood in the bursa is definitely evidence of knee swelling as well.
There’s also a feeling of knee weakness and the inability to support the body in some cases. Home natural remedies include resting the affected knee. The affected knee should be raised in order to reduce the pressure from aggravating it.
Applying ice will also help reduce the pain and swelling. Compression bandages or knee supports are also important in managing knee swelling.
Care should be taken when using these since they may aggravate the swelling and the pain. The injured part should be allowed to breathe by applying the bandage and the support loosely. Taking non-prescription pain killers and anti-inflammatory medicine will help a lot in pain and swelling alleviation.
If your knee swelling and pain, which is a part of inflammation does not reduce in one week please contact us for a physiotherapy session in Pro Physiotherapy, Bangalore.
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