Most people, including both adults and children, have had knee injuries at some point in their lives. The knee has a complex network of muscles, bones, ligaments, cartilage, and tendons that provide support and are at risk of being damaged. In addition, the knee is a hinge joint that does not rotate easily; hence it is prone to injuries.
Knee pain is mostly caused by injuries, but conditions such as arthritis can also lead to the pain. This should not stress you as the orthopedic expert Pavel Muradov, MD, at Integrity Orthopedics offers comprehensive care to relieve your pain and restore your health. Please call their office to schedule your appointment.
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What might be causing pain in your knee?
Most activities in life involve putting some pressure on your knees. This includes running, walking, standing, kneeling, jumping, working out, and most sports activities. All these activities can cause injury or strain to your knees, resulting in pain.
The following conditions may be the reason you are experiencing pain in your knee:
Arthritis occurs in different types, such as osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis occurs due to the wearing away of the joints, such as the knee joint, causing pain.
The meniscus is a C-shaped piece of cartilage in your knee. The cartilage enhances stabilization of the joint, helps the knees support your weight, prevents bones in the knees from rubbing against each other, and allows you to turn your knee.
The meniscus may develop tears during difficult twisting movements leading to pain.
The ACL, or the anterior cruciate ligament, includes the four ligaments that join the femur to the tibia in your knee joint. ACL tears occur when the knee slides forward, becoming unstable.
Runner’s knee usually occurs due to weak muscles, overuse, or misalignment. It causes pain around your kneecap that worsens when walking, running, or kneeling.
The knee has small fluid-filled sacs in the joint, known as bursae. These sacs protect the bones and tissues in the joint—bursitis results from the inflammation of these sacs.
What other symptoms might coincide with pain in your knee?
The severity of pain in your knee may vary depending on its cause. You are likely to experience other symptoms such as
· Redness and warmth to the touch
· Weakness or instability
· Swelling and stiffness
· Popping or crunching noises
· Difficulty straightening the knee
What are the available treatments for pain in the knee?
Integrity Orthopedics uses conservative techniques to relieve your pain and improve your knee functionality. They include:
· Applying ice and elevating your knee
· Rest and activity modification
· Wearing a knee brace
· Physical therapy
· Using arch support
· Anti-inflammatory medication
· Regenerative medicine injections
· Platelet-rich plasma injections
· Steroid injections
If your pain is not better from the above treatments, your provider may recommend genicular radiofrequency ablation. While other methods fail to resolve your pain, surgery might be your best treatment option.
The orthopedic surgeon at Integrity Orthopedics uses minimally invasive techniques to perform knee surgery, including:
· Meniscus repair
· ACL reconstruction
· Knee replacements
If you experience pain in your knee that disrupts your daily activities, let Dr. Muradov at Integrity Orthopedic help you. Call in today to schedule your consultation!