Knee pain can be caused by a wide variety of conditions, including some that cause mild pain and discomfort, and some that carry serious health and mobility risks. Tendonitis, for example, is an overuse injury that causes swelling of the tendons. While this condition is most common in people who regularly play sports that involve jumping, it is also often caused by repetitive, minor impact on the affected area, and can result in pain at the site of the tendon and surrounding area and loss of movement. If you experience any of these symptoms try your best to avoid activities that aggravate the problem, rest the injured area, ice the the area on the day of the injury, and possibly take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medicines. It is also advisable, however, that you seek medical advice immediately should the pain not improve, or if you experience fever, swelling, or general illness. Advanced treatments such as physiotherapy or corticosteroid injections may be necessary to keep you mobile so you can carry on with your trip.
Other conditions that can often cause knee pain and problems are bone chips, housemaid’s knee or bursitis, bleeding in the knee joint, iliotibial band syndrome, medial plica syndrome, Osgood-Schlatter disease, and partially dislocated kneecap. Many of these painful conditions are caused by overuse of the knee or by kneeling for long periods of time, and can be often be prevented by stretching, warming up and cooling down around a workout or playing sport, and using specialist equipment such as running trainers or knee pads while participating in jobs that may put strain on your knees.
Of course, treatment of your knee condition will always depend on the type and severity of the injury, though it is always advisable to seek medical advice should you experience persistent pain in either or both of your knees. While many knee injuries can be treated at home, as previously mentioned, by resting the leg or raising it with cushions, serious symptoms should not be ignored. If no weight can be put on the knee, there is severe pain in the area, the knee locks, clicks or gives way, or there is fever, redness or a feeling of heat around the knee, then you may need a medical check-up and treatment such as physiotherapy, medication, or an arthroscopy.
Regular health check-ups and paying attention to your body’s needs are always key, particularly if you’re preparing to travel abroad, as we all know the unwanted and stressful injuries can ruin a fantastic trip away. However, if you run into a problem and need advice whilst travelling abroad don’t hesitate to contact TripMedic, and we will arrange a consultation with a medical practitioner in your own language.