The knee is the largest joint in the body and is subject to a wide range of conditions that can cause chronic (persistent, ongoing) pain and difficulties performing sports, gentle exercising or even walking.
Many of these conditions can be treated successfully without surgery if they are properly diagnosed.
For this reason, it is important to have a prompt diagnosis to reduce the impact of the problem and to prevent long-term instability in the joint.
Sports associated with knee injuries:
- Contact sports
- Sports that involve twisting and turning such as basketball, tennis and football
- Running, particularly long distance
- Cycling, particularly long distance
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Will a sporting injury to the knee heal by itself?
It may do depending on the nature of the injury. However, if it does not heal completely you may be left with chronic pain or restricted movement. It is always a good idea to get medical advice if you suffer an injury or have an accident.
How can I tell the difference between the pain of osteoarthritis and a torn ligament?
The pain of a traumatic injury like a torn ligament is sharp and sudden. You are likely to know exactly when the injury occurred. By contrast, the pain of osteoarthritis is a dull, ongoing pain, which worsens over time.
How can I protect my knees from injury?
If you are playing sport or running, it is important to know when to stop. The more tired you get the more susceptible you are to injury. Also, maintaining a healthy body weight avoids putting too much strain on the knees.
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