The Link Between Your Back and Knee Pain

Written by: Brett Bussert, OMS II

Your body is supported by your legs and spine. Your legs and spine work in unison to provide you with stability during all your daily activities. They rely on each other to keep your body in alignment, which keeps the pain away.

Often if someone is experiencing back pain, they change the way they walk. Changing the way you walk could place abnormal stress on your knee joint and lead to changes in the joint that can cause pain.

Therefore, if your back is causing you pain, so might your knees.

If you are experiencing back and knee pain, then schedule a consultation with our expert physicians at OrthoNeuro. Our doctors can create a customized treatment plan, especially for you. Call or book an appointment online today!

What Are the Causes of Chronic Back Pain?

If your lumbar spine, particularly your lower back, starts to cause you pain, there could be multiple reasons behind it. Degenerative disc disease could be causing a pinched nerve, which is damage to the nerves that are exiting between each vertebra.

Damage or a traumatic injury to the disc that provides shock support and cushion between vertebras, like a herniated disc, could also cause irritation to the surrounding nerves leading to pain. Not all back pain involves irritation to the nerves.

What Are the Causes of Chronic Knee Pain?

The knee joint is one of the most complex joints in the body. If the forces acting on the knee are not in perfect alignment, you may experience debilitating pain. Common causes of knee pain include:

  • Arthritis, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and septic arthritis
  • Ligament injury, including ACL, PCL, LCL, MCL
  • Meniscus injury, including medial and lateral meniscus tears

Sciatic Nerve Pain

Some forms of knee pain do not originate in the joint itself. The sciatic nerve begins in the lower back and travels down each leg ending on the bottom of the foot.

If the sciatic nerve is the source of pain, called sciatica, it could present as knee pain accompanied by leg pain. This type of referred pain is typically described as burning and mild tingling. 

Treatment for Back and Knee Pain in Central Ohio

If your back or knee pain is causing you to change your lifestyle, an expert surgeon or physical therapist at OrthoNeuro can help. We will work with you to come up with the best treatment options, including surgical and non-surgical care. OrthoNeuro also provides physical therapy and rehabilitation services that are available to all patients.

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