Knee pain is one of the most common complaints that doctors at Century Medical and Dental Center hear. The causes of discomfort are just as common and recognizable. Knee pain can affect anyone at any age. Athletes, construction workers and those with joint-related conditions like arthritis tend to suffer from knee pain more often. But a hard fall, auto accident or improper gait also can lead to the need for treatment. Because your knees are so vital to your mobility, do not to ignore any level of knee pain. Call for a consultation today to get out of pain.
While the knee pain treatment you need depends entirely on what’s wrong with your knee, you should still seek treatment from the pain management experts in Brooklyn. This multi-disciplinary practice, featuring specialists from a variety of medical branches, has a physical therapy clinic where you can get access to safe pain management techniques.
Joint pain, posterior or inner knee pain and any other discomfort in your knee can occur for any number of reasons, including:
- Injury from sports, falls or accidents
- Wear and tear over time
- Arthritis or gout
- Baker cyst that causes pain behind the knee
- Joint or bone infection
- Stress from significant weight gain
Key Knee Pain Symptoms
Your knees undergo tremendous stresses. They’re more vulnerable to injury and disease than most other joints. So you shouldn’t ignore any discomfort in your knees. Symptoms that may signal a serious knee disorder include:
- Instability when you stand and walk
- Warm redness around the knee
- Crunching or popping noises when you bend your knee
- Stiffness or inflammation
Call your Brooklyn doctor if you experience:
- An inability to flex or extend your knee
- Not being able to stand on the affected leg
- Obvious deformities
- Extensive swelling
- An injury that leads to knee pain
- A fever that accompanies the swelling and redness
Risks Leading to Knee Pain
Your knee is made up of a number of moving parts, including tendons, ligaments, cartilage, bones and fluid-filled sacs called bursae. Damage to any one of these parts can send you an a quest for knee pain relief. For example, an injury may have caused:
- Broken bones. Fractures are common following a car accident or fall. If you have osteoarthritis, you can break your kneecap just by stepping incorrectly.
- Meniscus tear. The tough cartilage that serves as a shock absorber between the thigh and shinbones tears when you have weight on it and twist your knee strenuously, which is a common sports injury.
- ACL tear. Another common sports-related injury, a torn ACL happens when you make a lot of sudden direction changes, as basketball and soccer players do.
- Tendinitis. Persistent stress, such as when you cycle and run, inflames and irritates the tendons in your knee. If you push too hard, you may inflame those tendons.
Moving to take pressure off a wounded foot can lead to gait problems that eventually affect your knees. Loose bone fragments or pieces of cartilage may float around and eventually cause knee pain. You increase your risks of developing pain behind or in the back of the knee, inner knee pain or generalized discomfort in your knees if you:
- Are overweight
- Lack sufficient muscle tone to protect and stabilize your knee joints
- Have had a previous knee injury
- Play sports that involve repetitive knee stress, such as skiing, tennis, basketball and running
Treatment for Knee Pain
Following a thorough physical exam and imaging tests, your doctor recommends the best course of treatment based on the diagnosis. A bone density test also may be performed to gauge your bone strength before beginning a physical therapy regimen. Common treatments for various knee pain disorders include:
- Pain medication. When you have an underlying condition that isn’t always treatable, such as gout or rheumatoid arthritis, physical therapy may be augmented with safe, effective pain medicine.
- Injections. Sent right into the sore knee joint, various injections are available for temporary knee pain relief while you heal. These injections may include corticosteroids to reduce inflammation and hyaluronic acid to lubricate the knee joint. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is especially effective for treating ligament tears and knee sprains. PRP injections reduce swelling and promote healing.
- Physical therapy. Programs are designed to both strengthen the muscles surrounding your knees and correct movement patterns that may be causing your pain. Balance and flexibility exercises also play an integral role in PT knee pain treatment.
- Supportive devices. Arch supports, corrective shoes and braces stabilize your knee while it heals. These devices are also useful if you have osteoarthritis on one side of your knee, as they shift the pressure to the stronger side.
- Surgery. Depending on your goals, your age, general health and condition of your knee, your doctor may recommend one of three types of surgical intervention:
- Arthroscopy is minimally invasive. Your doctor enters and repairs the damage using very narrow tools and a fiber-optic camera that requires just a couple incisions around the affected knee.
- Partial knee replacement. During this procedure, only the damaged part of the knee is replaced with a metal or plastic part. This can sometimes be done arthroscopically too.
- Total knee replacement. This invasive procedure allows your doctor to replace the entire knee with an artificial knee that’s made of plastic, metal or polymers.
If you’re experiencing any level of knee pain, don’t wait. Contact Century Medical and Dental Center medical practitioner in Downtown Brooklyn for the best care to get you back on your feet again.