Dr. Stephen Duncan, a nationally recognized orthopaedic surgeon with UK Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, knows about hip and knee pain.
He will discuss surgical and non-surgical treatments for hip and knee arthritis and new technologies in hip and knee replacement at a free information session from 10-11 a.m., Tuesday, June 19 at the Lexington Senior Citizen Center, 195 Life Lane, Lexington.
Registration is required for this event, so contact the front desk at the senior center if you want to sign up.
Call 859-278-6072 for more information.
According to Prevention magazine, your knees are the largest joints in your body for a reason—you need them for practically everything you do. And as a result, they endure a whole lot of abuse. Knee pain is common among people of all ages, with about 18 million people seeing a doctor for it every year.
Knee pain can come with crunching, popping, swelling, or instability (or, if you’re extra unlucky, a combination of those). No matter your knee pain symptoms, though, you should call your doc if you can’t bear weight on your affected leg or have a visible deformity, since you may have a serious injury.
The biggest risk factor for knee pain is lack of strength and flexibility in the muscles around the joint, which puts added stress on the knees, says Robert Kaufman, a clinical specialist at NYU Langone’s Rusk Rehabilitation. “When people are in pain, very commonly what will happen is the load on their body is exceeding their body’s ability to adapt to that load,” Kaufman explains. That “load” can come in many forms—those extra 15 pounds you’ve been carrying around, your new running routine—and in all of them, your muscles can’t give your knees the support they need to handle the extra stress.
Hip pain is often caused by tight hips that area associated with sitting too much. They can affect everything from your posture (tilting your pelvis forward), to low back pain (since it’s your buns and back that counter the hips), to shortening your stride.