Many things can cause knee pain when going upstairs. Two of the most common are chondromalacia patella (overuse injury) and arthritis, These conditions can take a seemingly benign task like stair climbing and turn it into a challenging endeavor. Fortunately, increasing your knowledge of each issue can help you treat the condition and reduce your pain. praetorianphoto/Getty Images
What does it mean when your knee hurts going up stairs?
Ligament Injuries – In addition to runner’s knee and osteoarthritis, another common reason your knee may hurt when going upstairs is a ligament injury. The knee joint is held together by strong bands of tissue called ligaments. There are four main ligaments in the knee joint, which include:
The anterior cruciate ligament ( ) A posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) The medial collateral ligament (MCL) The lateral collateral ligament (LCL)
An injury to these ligaments may cause pain, swelling, and instability in the knee joint. Ligament injuries are often caused by a sudden change in direction while bearing weight on the knee, such as during a,
Why does my knee hurt when I step up or down?
How to Deal with Knee Pain – If you are experiencing knee pain going up or down stairs, or in general, there are a range of treatment options available that are non-invasive and will likely reduce inflammation and pain.1) R.I.C.E. One of the most common ways of dealing with knee pain is RICE, which stands for Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation.
- Rest your knee and stop any activity that may be causing you pain.
- Ice your knee to reduce pain and swelling. Apply cold for 10 to 20 minutes, 3 or more times a day, immediately following an injury or the activity that caused pain. Icing can be followed by applying heat once the swelling is gone.
- Compression involves wrapping or bandaging your knee to reduce swelling to immobilize it. It’s important not to wrap your knee too tightly. And if the pain doesn’t improve after a couple of days, consult your physician to rule out a more serious knee injury.
- Elevate your foot and knee on pillows whenever you are seated to keep the swelling down. Even better, lay down and keep your knee elevated above your heart level.
2) OTC Medication Over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can be effective in treating knee pain temporarily, but if pain worsens, there may be an underlying cause that has to be looked at.3) Weight Management Managing your weight can help reduce the strain on your knees, which, in turn, can reduce pain.
Maintaining a healthy weight and balanced diet are also important for overall health and wellness.4) Exercise and Physical Therapy If you have knee pain, exercise and physical therapy will strengthen the muscles around the knee for improved stability and mobility. Some examples of appropriate exercises include water therapy and gentle stretching,
Physical therapy can also improve flexibility and strength, even if the pain is severe.5) Support Aids Supportive aids such as walkers, braces and splints, or therapeutic taping may help reduce knee pain, but it’s important to ensure that you are getting the right device for your needs.6) Biomechanical Devices Devices developed to improve gait and reduce the weight load on the knee can help alleviate knee pain.
AposHealth, for example, is a biomechanical aid that has been shown to temporarily reduce knee pain 42 and improve gait 42 for patients with knee osteoarthritis.7) Prescription Medication If your knee pain is severe and doesn’t improve with over-the-counter treatment, your physician may prescribe painkillers and anti-inflammatories, or corticosteroid injections.
Knee pain can be debilitating and often appears when going up or down stairs. If you experience knee pain when walking down stairs, there are some easy things you can do to reduce discomfort and make stairs less daunting. There is no reason why knee pain should get in the way of your everyday activities, and if it is, consult your physician for more serious intervention such as wearing biomechanical devices to improve gait and reduce pain.
Why can’t I walk up stairs normally?
Many health conditions can make climbing the stairs difficult. These can be conditions such as arthritic knees and hips that can be painful when walking up and downstairs. You may have osteoarthritis or osteoporosis that affects your gait and balance making you unsteady and bent over.
Can knee pain go away on its own?
When to see a doctor – Knee pain will usually go away without further medical treatment, using only a few self-help measures. If you need help you might first see a physiotherapist or your GP. You may be able to access a physiotherapist on the NHS without having to see your GP.
You can find out if this kind of `self-referral’ is available in your area by asking at your GP surgery, local Clinical Commissioning Group, or hospital Trust. You might also have the option of paying to see a physiotherapist privately. You don’t need a referral from a doctor to do this. You might wish to see your GP if the pain is very bad or is not settling.
See a doctor if:
you’re in severe pain your painful knee is swollen it doesn’t get better after a few weeks you can’t move your knee you can’t put any weight on your knee your knee locks, clicks painfully or gives way – painless clicking is not unusual and is nothing to worry about.
It’s important not to misdiagnose yourself. If you’re worried, see a doctor.
What does cartilage damage in the knee feel like?
Symptoms of cartilage damage – Symptoms of cartilage damage in a joint include:
joint pain – this may continue even when resting and worsen when you put weight on the joint swelling – this may not develop for a few hours or days stiffness a clicking or grinding sensation the joint locking, catching, or giving way
It can sometimes be difficult to tell a cartilage injury apart from other common joint injuries, such as sprains, as the symptoms are similar.
Can you heal knee cartilage?
Surgery – Severe cartilage damage does not tend to heal very well on its own, so surgery is often necessary in these cases. Surgery is usually performed using arthroscopy – a type of keyhole surgery where instruments are inserted into the joint through small cuts (incisions) – although sometimes larger incisions need to be made.
lavage and debridement – the joint is cleaned out to remove any loose tissue, and the edges of the damaged area are trimmed to make them smooth; it may sometimes be possible to repair the damage at the same time marrow stimulation (microfracture) – tiny holes are made in the bone beneath the damaged cartilage, which releases bone marrow into it; the marrow cells then begin to stimulate the production of new cartilage mosaicplasty – small plugs of healthy cartilage from non-weightbearing areas of a joint, such as the side of the knee, are removed and used to replace small areas of damaged cartilage osteotomy – the alignment of the leg is altered slightly to reduce pressure on the damaged area and improve pain; this usually involves adding or removing a wedge of bone from the shin or thigh bone, and the bone is fixed with a plate until it heals joint replacement – replacing the whole joint with an artificial joint, such as a knee replacement or hip replacement, is occasionally necessary if the damage is particularly severe
Talk to your surgeon about which type of surgery they think is best for you, what the possible risks are, and how long they expect it will take you to recover. You’ll usually need to take things easy for at least a few weeks after surgery, and you may not be able to return to strenuous activities and sports for several months.
What happens if a meniscus tear is left untreated?
If not treated, part of the meniscus may come loose and slip into the joint. You may need surgery to restore full knee function. Untreated meniscus tears can increase in size and lead to complications, such as arthritis.
Is it OK to keep walking with torn meniscus?
Pain – A torn meniscus usually produces well-localized pain in the knee. The pain often is worse during twisting or squatting motions. Unless the torn meniscus has locked the knee, many people with a torn meniscus can walk, stand, sit, and sleep without pain. Other people find that the torn meniscus prevents them from participating comfortably in their usual daily activities.
Why can’t I lift my leg to climb stairs?
Difficulty Climbing Stairs – Because PAD is a progressive disease and symptoms tend to get worse over time. One symptom of PAD is difficulty climbing stairs, severely reducing mobility. The decrease in circulation within the lower extremities can cause the legs to feel heavy or tired.
How can I strengthen my legs to walk up stairs?
Beginner: Repeat this set 3 times – One step at a time
Using a low platform, such as the first step on your staircase, plant your right foot on its surface. Be sure that your entire foot is firmly placed on the step, with as little of your foot hanging off as possible. Push through your right heel to stand and then bring the left foot up to meet it. Step down. That is one repetition. Repeat 10 times, then switch sides. It’s OK to hold the railing for more stability, just avoid leaning to that side. Good posture is vital for avoiding muscle compensation and imbalance.
Push the back of a sturdy chair against a wall to prevent moving. Sit at the edge of your seat with your legs parallel, toes forward-facing, shoulders back, and gaze forward.
Engaging the back of the legs to power up the hamstrings and glutes (which protects the knees), press your heels into the floor and stand. Lower back down slowly — aim for half the time it took you to stand. Repeat 8-10 times.
Is walking good for chondromalacia patella?
Sports that are easiest on the knees: Swimming (especially with a flutter kick), walking (avoid up and down hills), and cross-country skiing. The following exercise program should be followed as instructed by the doctor or physical therapist.