Joint pain in the knee can force you to hobble around and restrict your life. We present four hidden causes of knee pain that you should consider talking to your doctor about.

Knee pain inflicts one of the worst kinds of suffering on mankind. It changes the way you walk or forces to give up moving for a while. The pain can appear in waves or as a constant pinpointed ache.

If you suffer from unexplained knee pain, you might want to check if any of the following are the cause for it:

1 The flu.

Did you know that influenza can cause joint pain in the knee and hips? Actually, it’s not the flu virus itself that causes the pain, but your immune system’s response to the virus. As it gears up to battle the virus, the immune system increases the number of white blood cells to isolate and fight it. During this process, the white blood cells produce glycoproteins termed as ‘interleukins’ that fight the virus at the cellular level – but as a side effect, various antibodies are released that cause joint and muscle pain. If you suffer knee joint pain when you have the flu, it means your body is healing.

2 Certain medication.

There is a long list of antibiotics that cause joint pain, from asthma inhibitors to cholesterol blockers. Even certain diabetes and blood pressure medication may have the same result, i.e. joint pain in the knee and other major joints. This happens because some medications may cause inflammation of the joint, while others may block the release of calcium to the joints. The effects may not be immediately visible. If you have started taking new medication for an ailment and have noticed an uptick in the knee or other joint pain, you should consult your doctor about changing your drugs.

3 A long list of medical causes.

There are several hidden ailments that can cause joint pains, from the elbows to the knees and ankles. These include, but are not restricted to, bacterial joint inflammation, PCOD, endometriosis, sciatica, an underactive thyroid, Lupus disease, Crohn’s disease and gout. They may erode the cartilage and the natural lubrication present in the body’s joint, causing increased friction and pain.

4 A bulging tummy.

Excess fat around your middle isn’t bad just for your heart, it is murder on the knees, too. The first sign that you need to shape up at once is a roll of fat around the abdomen. Excess weight puts tremendous burden on your knees and ankles, since they must bear the brunt of it. Get your weight measured and understand your BMI (Body Mass Index) for your ideal fat-to-muscle ratio vis-à-vis your weight. Now start an exercise programme to get fit.

Stress- or minor injury-related joint pain in the knee can be treated with a pain relief spray or cream like Moov. Apply it as directed and get freedom from persistent knee pain.

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