One of the most common complaints from knee pain sufferers is pain over the medial aspect of the joint. When it hurts on the inside of your knee, it can be difficult to sleep on your side without a cushion between your legs. Medial knee pain can be from an injury, but is more often the result of degenerative arthritis when chronic. If you suffer with bilateral pain in this area regularly, a current x-ray is a good measure to check up on the health of your joint spaces. Sometimes joint degeneration can be sneaky; only producing symptoms (like medial knee pain) in the last stages.
One extremely common cause of medial knee pain is osteoarthritis. This is the most common type of arthritis and is characterized by progressive deterioration of connective tissue until the joint is bone on bone. Pain over the medial knee may be an indication you have this condition and it should not be ignored. When the medial knee joint deteriorates, it can cause a bow-legged appearance. In the final stages when the cartilage is almost completely gone, the joint is weak, unstable and the pain is crippling.
Much degeneration of the knees (particularly the medial part) can be traced to the feet. Over-pronation of the feet from fallen arches causes the knees to compensate and place more stress on the medial aspect of the joint, resulting in greater wear and tear and faster deterioration. There are many medial knee pain patients who get tremendous relief by just wearing orthotic shoe inserts. These help restore the foot arch and alleviates pressure in the knee.
Until now, medial knee pain sufferers at the end stage of arthritis would be facing joint replacement surgery. Fortunately medical science is offering new options that are not only helping with pain but also improved function. At Solutions, we recommend the latest technology to help patients with medial knee pain from degenerative arthritis. Treatments we recommend for this problem may include orthotics, regenerative medicine, off-loading knee braces, chiropractic and rehab. If you have medial knee pain, contact us for a natural solution that will address the cause of the problem!