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Knee Pain: Could it Really Be Your Spine?

Back, Neck & Spine

Knee problems are common and can develop with age or as a result of trauma or overuse. One thing that many people are surprised to hear is that knee pain can also be caused by a problem in your spine. Here, Kevin Bernard, MD looks at how this can happen.

How Your Knee and Spine are Related

The nerves that transmit the sensation of pain to your legs and feet are located in your lower back, known as the lumbar spine. Due to the natural aging process or an injury, the discs between your vertebrae can bulge out and press on your nerves. This can cause your nerves to become irritated and send out pain signals. Depending on which disc in your spine is affected, you may actually feel the pain in your knee.

Prevention Tips

While some cases of knee pain caused by your spine are unavoidable, there are some things you can do to help protect your back and prevent pain, including:

  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Exercise
  • Avoid sitting for extended periods of time

If you have any type of persistent pain, consult an orthopedic expert.

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