By Shamolie Wyckoff, MD, FAAPMR
It can occur in all ages from children to the elderly, be temporary or affect you daily. Because of where it’s located and its function, it bears the full weight of the body and so when in pain or injured, it can make the difference between skipping and limping, being stable or prone to sudden falls. It is highly susceptible to how much we weigh and the angles at which that load is put on the knee (i.e. running, twisting).
Generally, acute knee pain is often due to trauma or sudden awkward movements resulting in a new injury. Knee pain that slowly appears and increases with time is often due to degenerative causes, such as a meniscus tear or loss of cartilage. Increased degenerative changes can lead to chronic and long term knee pain.
Diagnosis of the cause is usually made by physical examination and imaging studies such as x-rays and MRIs. It can be treated conservatively with rest and ice as well as lifestyle changes, including weight loss and adopting low impact exercises. Bracing and correction of any abnormalities in the way you walk can also be extremely helpful. Medications such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) and vitamin supplements are also recommended to control painful symptoms. If those measures fail, injection therapy with steroids, Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP), viscosupplementation or surgical interventions (i.e. arthroscopy and joint replacements) are may be utilized. Recommended treatments can vary or differ based on the cause of your knee pain.
Talk to your healthcare provider about finding the best option for you.
About Center for Spine, Joint and Neuromuscular Rehabilitation:
Center for Spine, Joint and Neuromuscular Rehabilitation is a comprehensive approach to the treatment of pain. We offer nonsurgical treatment for the neck, back, shoulders, hands, hips, knees, and feet by Board Certified anesthesiology, physical medicine and rehabilitation and pain medicine physicians. Services include evaluation and treatment of painful conditions including medical management, diagnostic and therapeutic injections, nerve conduction studies, diagnostic imaging, physical and behavioral therapy.
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