About two months ago, I injured myself during kickboxing. I think I was doing a squat and turned my knee inward.
My knee hurt afterward, but I figured that maybe once I had my next dose of Humira, it would feel better. This was kind of nonsensical because while I’ve had knee pain with my arthritis, it hasn’t been one of the more significant areas of my body impacted by my arthritis.
So I let it go. My Humira dose came and went, and my knee still hurt.
I wasn’t really paying that much attention to the knee pain, but the kicker (no pun intended) was when, in another episode of kickboxing, I did a side plank (if you don’t know what that is, see: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/core-strength/SM00047&slide=12 ), putting all of my weight on my knee, and it completely collapsed.
After a week of the pain getting worse, I went to the doctor, and was told that I had misaligned my kneecap. I was sent to p...
Q: My knee just started hurting three weeks ago out of the blue. Before that, I didn't have any pain. My doctor told me I have osteoarthritis. I thought osteoarthritis was a chronic problem. Can it happen all of a sudden? Is my doctor wrong about my diagnosis?
Osteoarthritis is indeed a chronic process. It is not a condition that just happens "all of a sudden." However, in certain situations the symptoms of osteoarthritis can occur suddenly. It is similar to cholesterol or high blood pressure causing a heart attack. High cholesterol and high blood pressure don't "feel bad." But high cholesterol and high blood pressure do lead to fatty plaque deposits in the arteries. One day, while running for a cab, the heart may need an increased amount of blood supply but the red blood cells can't get past the stiff, fatty plaques fast enough and so the heart is starved of oxygen. "All of a sudden" chest pain develops.
In a similar vein, joints tend to lose cartilage slowly over time...
Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) is basically pain in front of or behind the kneecap (the patella ) that doesn't always have a clear cause. PFPS is a common knee condition, especially among athletes. The pain is often felt after sitting for a long time, going up and down stairs, and when squatting or kneeling. There are many causes of PFPS. Knowing these causes could help health care providers choose the best treatments. Medical researchers have long believed that abnormal tracking of the patella may contribute to problems of PFPS. The patella normally runs (tracks) in a groove on the front of the thigh bone (the femur ). Two muscles of the thigh--the vastus medialis obliquus (VMO) and the vastus lateralis (VL)--attach to the patella and help control its position in the groove as the leg straightens. The VMO runs along the inside of the thigh, and the VL lies along the outside of the thigh. If the timing between these two muscles is off, the patella may be pulled off track. The theory...
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