An Athlete’s Guide to Chronic Knee Pain

Being an athlete while suffering from chronic knee pain can make it impossible to achieve your goals. In the vast majority of sports, you continuously utilize your knees to run, spring, jump, and move. Because of this, they are at a higher risk for injury. Although it can affect anyone, those who overwork their joint are at an increased risk. Even the most veteran athletes are brought to a screeching halt when they experience pain and inflammation.  Years of high-impact exercise and intense sports can force you to sacrifice the activities you love.

Common Signs and Symptoms

Osteoarthritis affects weight-bearing joints. In athletes, the knee is commonly the first joint to deteriorate. The most common signs and symptoms include pain after overuse, morning joint stiffness, and joint stiffness after a period of inactivity.

How to Manage Chronic Knee Pain

There are several things you can do to manage and even prevent osteoarthritis of the knee. We recommend a combination of the following:

  • Certain exercises and stretches can improve blood circulation and muscle strength while reducing pain.
  • Ice packs help fight inflammation.
  • Applying heat can improve circulation and reduce pain.
  • Avoiding long periods of rest will help keep your joint fluid and mobile.

Incorporating these simple steps can keep your knee pain under control so that you can get back to your sport and exercises.  If you find they aren’t enough to provide you with a quick recovery, Minnesota Arthritis Center has a state-of-the-art treatment program proven to help athletes of all levels. Here at our office, we’ll make sure to take a good look at your knee, suggest the best treatment, and teach you how to lessen the physical load on your knees in the future.

If you are suffering from moderate to severe joint pain, call Minnesota Arthritis Center today at 651-967-7614.