Knee Pain Sometimes Caused by “Sweet Moves”

Knee Pain Caused by "Sweet Moves" | Mend Clinic Urgent Care, Salem

Knee Pain Sometimes Caused by “Sweet Moves”

Knee pain is very common. Mend Clinic treats patients complaining of knee pain year-round, and oftentimes patients have an idea of what’s causing the pain—however, these guesses aren’t always accurate. The knee is a modified hinge joint made up of three features including the patella (kneecap), patellofemoral articulation, and the patellar groove that runs along the top of the femur. This type of synovial joint is somewhat unique within the body. The elbow is also a hinge joint (a joint that moves in just one direction), but if you consider the elbow and knee, it’s clear that the knee has a little more movement capability.

Sweet Moves On The Court Lead To Injury

The knee also carries a lot of weight and is in charge of some dangerous movements. Even though the knee is a type of hinge joint, we use it to help with movement in various planes and directions. That’s why activities such as basketball, which requires sudden and drastic turns (aka sweet moves), can often lead to knee injuries.

Diagnosing Knee Injuries

There are three major types of injuries the knee can incur. One of the most common is a strain. A strain happens when the muscle or tendon (fibrous tissue that connects muscle to bone) is either over-stretched or torn. A knee can also suffer a sprain, which happens when a ligament (the tissue that connects bone to bone) is over-stretched or torn. A fracture in the knee is much less common and requires serious trauma. Technically, the only bone in the knee is the patella, or kneecap. It’s close to the femur, fibula, and tibia, but these three bones are technically leg bones (not knee bones). The patella is a unique type of bone, called a sesamoid bone, and the largest sesamoid bone in the body.

Sesamoid bones are embedded in a muscle or tendon. It’s named after the Latin word for sesame seed because of its resemblance and small size. Sesamoid bones often form in response to a strain, but in some cases (like the kneecap) they are a normal bone development. Sesamoid bones provide a smooth surface so that tendons can slide. You will also find sesamoid bones in the thumb. They tend to grow during puberty.

Don’t Wait In Line At The ER – Talk with Mend Clinic Urgent Care in Salem

Breaking the patella is very rare, but does happen. In most cases, it will be accompanied by severe pain and lack of mobility. However, no matter what type of pain you have in the knee, it is critical to get medical attention right away. Walk in to Mend Clinic, or call 971-204-8410 and make an appointment to be seen even faster.