Do you suffer from knee problems? Athletic people, those who stand on their feet a lot, and others who overexert at work or physical activity, often have knee damage. I hear more complaints about knee problems today than ever before.
Disability ... Some clients tell me a knee injury allows them to leave their job, always something they hated to do anyway, with a permanent disability. If there is a job related injury, there is often a lawsuit. With obesity on the rise, knees are also affected.
Metaphysically ... once the body finds a way to be free from working, it will follow its spiritual journey into healing, energy work, counseling that goes all the way back to childhood issues, then a final look at how their knee disorder is linked to their current lifestyle.
Psychologically ... people exercise to reduce anxiety and stress this in turn causes any problems. You know you're burned out when you body starts to break down.
Metaphorically ... when one injures a leg or knee, it implies not wanting to take the next 'step' - to put their foot forward.
Knee pain is caused by trauma, misalignment, and degeneration as well as by conditions like arthritis. The most common knee disorder is generally known as patellofemoral syndrome.The majority of minor cases of knee pain can be treated at home with rest and ice but more serious injuries do require surgical care.
One form of patellofemoral syndrome involves a tissue-related problem that creates pressure and irritation in the knee between the patella and the trochlea (patellar compression syndrome), which causes pain. The second major class of knee disorder involves a tear, slippage, or dislocation that impairs the structural ability of the knee to balance the leg (patellofemoral instability syndrome). Patellofemoral instability syndrome may cause either pain, a sense of poor balance, or both.
Age also contributes to disorders of the knee. Particularly in older people, knee pain frequently arises due to osteoarthritis. In addition, weakening of tissues around the knee may contribute to the problem. Patellofemoral instability may relate to hip abnormalities or to tightness of surrounding ligaments.
Cartilage lesions can be caused by:
The removal of a meniscus
Anterior cruciate ligament injury
Posterior cruciate ligament injury
Considerable strain on the knee.
Any kind of work during which the knees undergo heavy stress may also be detrimental to cartilage. This is especially the case in professions in which people frequently have to walk, lift, or squat. Other causes of pain may be excessive on, and wear of, the knees, in combination with such things as muscle weakness and overweight.
A painful, blocked, locked or swollen knee.
Sufferers sometimes feel as if their knees are about to give way, or may feel uncertain about their movement.
Overall fitness and knee injury
Physical fitness is related integrally to the development of knee problems. The same activity such as climbing stairs may cause pain from patellofemoral compression for someone who is physically unfit, but not for someone else (or even for that person at a different time). Obesity is another major contributor to knee pain. For instance, a 30-year-old woman who weighed 120 lb at age 18 years, before her three pregnancies, and now weighs 285 lb, had added 660 lb of force across her patellofemoral joint with each step.
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