Weakness of the Knee

“Weak knees” is an old, tongue-in-cheek phrase that means someone feels so scared that they think they’re going to collapse and fall over.  But if you suffer from real weakness of the knee, it’s nothing to take lightly.  As a joint that bears a substantial amount of body weight, a weak knee can cause pain, discomfort and instability.

Some of the causes of a weak knee include:

·    Arthritis
·    Strains and sprains
·    Torn cartilage or ligament
·    Lack of physical activity
·    Iliotibial Band Syndrome (overuse injury of the knee and thigh)

When looking at symptoms of a weak knee, it’s important to keep in mind that the severity of the situation depends on the underlying cause.  Following are some typical weak knee symptoms:

·    Swelling and stiffness of the knee
·   Redness
·    A burning sensation
·    Instability and weakness
·    Popping noises when the joint is bent
·    The inability to straighten the knee
·    Difficulty transitioning from a sitting to a standing position

If you have any of the signs or symptoms mentioned above, it’s important to see your physician to properly diagnose your knee problem and help you decide the appropriate treatment plan.  While many people choose to “self-diagnose” their condition, only a licensed physician can truly determine the cause and proper treatment moving ahead.  It’s also important to keep in mind that a sudden loss of strength in the knees could indicate neurological origins.  Another good reason to consult with your physician, especially if the knee weakness you’re experiencing is a reoccurring problem.

Treatment for weakness of the knee commonly focuses on strengthening exercises. These exercises will not only strengthen the joint, but will ideally help prevent re-injury.  Proper footwear and posture can also make a big difference when it comes to treating knee weakness (and pain).

Depending on your diagnosis and the severity of your knee condition, your physician might suggest a cane or knee brace.  Many patients are also prescribed pain medications or pain-relieving creams. Those who suffer from arthritis may receive steroid injections.

Lifestyle changes are often an essential part of treatment.  Those who are overweight are at a higher risk of knee weakness, so losing weight is important. Supplements such as vitamin C and D are regularly recommended to the elderly.   Glucosamine has also been known to help with joint pain and is often prescribed by healthcare professionals.

There are some situations where surgery is necessary, but it’s always considered a last resort and only recommended when damage to the knee is extensive.

Don’t get Weak Knees…Call us!  
Our knee specialists at Plano Orthopedic are proficient in a number of procedures to help patients recover from issues ranging from degenerative diseases to sports injuries.  To schedule an appointment with one our knee specialists, contact our scheduling department at 972-250-5700 or request an appointment online.

There’s no need to have “weak knees” when it comes to your weak knees.  Call Plano Orthopedic today! Book An Appointment Today!