Two of the eighteen fibromyalgia tender points are located around the knee area, on both sides. Various activities can exacerbate fibromyalgia knee pain. Tight muscles, tendons and ligaments within close proximity can also increase pain in this vulnerable area.
Although a fibromyalgia diagnosis includes much more than eighteen tender points, there are still some areas like the knees that tend to affect more of the surrounding areas; this is likely due to the weight bearing nature and any associated joint issues.
Also the SS (symptom severity) evaluation test can be helpful in a decision to treat these more vulnerable areas of the fibro body.
As well, the trigger points that we often refer to can also cause radiating pain around the knee, up and down the leg and into the hip flexors and lower back.
Fibromyalgia knee pain can cause increased symptoms when standing, especially for prolonged periods of time, and more in the latter part of the day for those with any kind of standing job.
Also, even excessive sitting at a desk and/or lack of regular range of motion within this area can cause painful symptoms.
This may be attributed to a strain or tightness within the quadrant around the sartorius muscle and perpetual tightness in the hamstrings which also ‘pull’ on the knee and can contribute to TRP’s or trigger points around the knee, radiating upward into the groin and hip flexors and also downward into the shins and ankles.
Do you have fibromyalgia knee pain?
Do you experience pain in your knees upon standing from a sitting position? Do your knees often feel like they are buckling under you while standing in one place or while walking? This could be due to active or latent trigger points around the leg muscles.
Do you find it especially hard or nearly impossible to engage in certain activities of daily living like cleaning a bathtub or a floor where kneeling or bending is required?
These are all common within the fibro body, especially due to the weight bearing nature of these tender and trigger point areas.
Like other joints, this area of the fibro body is also sensitive to weather and temperature changes and may cause a feeling of extreme weakness and increased pain around the joint and soft tissue surrounding the knee.
How do we mitigate fibromyalgia knee pain
to increase range of motion and agility
within the fibro body?
With fibromyalgia knee pain, we are best to keep the blood flowing around these tender areas and work on staying conditioned with non-invasive remedies and strength applications where possible. Compression is a great way to naturally increase circulation.
Compression wear is a non invasive remedy for knee pain that gently hugs and supports the joint, trigger points and soft tissue around the knee. Some compression garments include infra-red technology for even great benefit.
Knee compression garments like this one shown (the healing tree) can be worn any time of day. However, not all compression garments are appropriate for those with fibromyalgia due the differing degrees of ‘tightness’.