Is a stiff upper lip damaging your knee?
Why ‘pushing through’ the pain may be the worst possible thing for your knee.
More than most other health issues, our response to knee pain is frequently an odd one. Instead of resting or seeking the specialist advice of a knee consultant, knee pain is something that many of us feel obliged to ‘push through’ as though our knees are setting us some sort of challenge.
Perhaps it’s a result of the fact that many (although certainly not all) knee injuries are experienced by people who enjoy an active lifestyle and don’t want to press pause on it. When there’s another match to win, another mountain to climb, or another major project in the garden to tackle, you don’t want to let “a bit of knee pain” get in the way of it.
Yet, as Yorkshire Knee Clinic’s consultants regularly discover, it can often be an attitude that does more damage than good.
A stitch in time
Not every knee injury requires surgery. Occasionally, rest is the best medicine. Even when you require something a little more involved, physiotherapy or other non-operative treatments can often address the point of pain and prevent that pain from reoccurring in the future.
But what is absolutely certain is that an underlying condition won’t be improved by gritting your teeth, putting up with it, and continuing with your regular activities.
Doing more harm
Take ACL damage. The anterior cruciate ligament is the part of the knee that is pressed into service whenever you twist, swivel or side-step. Frequently, rupturing your ACL leaves you unable to make such movements without feeling as though your knee is about to give way. In extreme cases there’s likely to be no chance of ‘just getting on with it’. But in less dramatic instances, the temptation is to put off diagnosis or treatment, modifying your activities to get by.
It’s not uncommon for our knee specialists to see patients months (and in some cases years) after the initial damage. That not only means months or years of unnecessary pain; it can also cause additional damage to the knee, require more aggressive treatment, and even compromise the effectiveness of any reconstruction.
So if you are putting knee pain or other knee problems to the back of your mind and ploughing on regardless, stop. Consider talking to a pure knee specialist now and instead of pushing through the pain, try to get rid of it.
Surgeons at the Yorkshire Knee Clinic have great experience in diagnosing and treating knee problems and have access to the latest imaging technology. So for help addressing your knee pain, talk to Yorkshire Knee Clinic now.