Knee Pain Due To Inactivity

Knee Pain Due To Inactivity

Newton’s first law of physics states that an object in motion stays in motion. Why is that being brought up here? It’s because the same principle can be applied to the human body. Those who are continuously active and exercise have an easier time moving around than those who live sedentary lifestyles. If inactivity has led to you experiencing knee pain, our team at New York Sports Medicine Institute will be there to help. Dr. Neil Roth, our sports medicine expert, can properly diagnose the problem before crafting the treatment solution needed to get you back to being pain-free.   

Causes Of Knee Pain

Sometimes, moving your knee around after a long period of inactivity can lead to your initial pain. In other circumstances, pain may lead to you being unable to move your knee, which only creates a cycle that exacerbates the problem. That is why diagnosing your knee pain is the first step in correcting the dilemma. Once this has been done, Dr. Roth can determine the best course of action moving forward. Any of the below can cause knee pain and be treated or managed by our team:

  • Osteoarthritis.
  • Tendinitis.
  • Bursitis.
  • Runner’s knee.
  • Gout.
  • Dislocations.
  • Ligamentous issues. 

Risk Factors For Knee Pain

When it comes to any injury or painful condition, it’s essential to discuss the risk factors that can lead to its development. By doing so, patients have a better chance of actively avoiding it from taking place. Our team wants to help keep you on your feet and moving around, which is why we’d like to call out some of the risk factors that can lead to knee pain. The following are but a few of them:

  • Being overweight.
  • Having a history of knee problems.
  • Being at an older age.
  • Experiencing trauma around the joint. 

Why Knee Inactivity Makes The Problem Worse 

Resting an injured area plays a crucial role in recovery. While many people realize this concept, they fail to understand that too much inactivity can cause more problems. This is especially true when it comes to the knee. Your knee joints bear most of your body weight and allow for movements such as walking and running. When you keep these areas inactive for too long, the tissues that make up and surround this joint can become stiff and weak. Trying to move around after that can be a painful and challenging experience. That is why when you suspect a knee issue, you should seek a professional opinion from us here at New York Sports Medicine Institute to prevent it from getting any worse. 

Symptoms To Watch For

Our team wants to make an essential distinction between when to and when not to see a doctor. If you experience slight knee pain that goes away after a few minutes, that does not mean a problem has occurred. We all feel pain from time to time. However, as previously stated, waiting too long to seek care can cause problems. That is why when the below symptoms begin to take place, it’s time to schedule an appointment with the NYSMI team:

  • Constant aching in the joint.
  • Sharp or shooting pain during movement.
  • Experiencing a dull, burning discomfort.

How We Will Help

Once you’ve arrived for your first appointment, Dr. Roth or Dr. Delaney can properly diagnose what is causing your pain. What takes place for treatment will directly depend on the issue you’re facing. Examples of the treatment regimens that may be utilized include the following:

  • Bracing or casting to immobilize the joint.
  • Referring you to a top physical therapist.
  • Surgery to repair the structural damage causing you pain.

Contact Our Team

If you’ve found yourself dealing with knee pain due to inactivity, you are not alone. Many people face the same problem each year. To get back on your feet, consider working with us here at New York Sports Medicine Institute. Our team is well versed in treating issues found in the knee and will work diligently to get you back to full strength. To schedule your first appointment, please contact our team today.