Knee Pain Q & A
What might be causing my knee pain?
Knee pain could be due to an injury or a gradual deterioration of the structures inside your knee joint. You could develop an overuse problem, where performing repetitive motions irritates and inflames the soft tissues. Common causes of knee pain include:
Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear
Medial collateral ligament (MCL) tear
Patellar tendinitis (runner's knee)
Iliotibial band syndrome
Articular cartilage injuries
Sports injuries commonly affect the knees because they take a great deal of strain supporting your weight as you run, jump, twist, and stop suddenly. Acute and overuse injuries can also happen at work, in auto accidents, and as you go about your daily activities.
Acute injuries often accelerate the joint degeneration that inevitably comes with age, particularly if they don't receive appropriate treatment at the time of the injury.
What treatments are available for knee pain?
Knee pain treatments initially revolve around nonsurgical methods unless you have a fracture or other injury that requires immediate surgical repair.
The team at All American Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Institute creates a personalized treatment program for you based on the cause of your knee pain and factors like your age, activity levels, and other health considerations. Your plan may include:
Using a knee brace
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy
Stem cell therapy
These treatments are likely to significantly improve your condition, relieving knee pain and increasing range of motion.
If, however, you experience insufficient benefit from a conservative approach, All American Orthopedics & Sports Medicine can perform surgery to address your knee pain.
What surgery might I need for knee pain?
The type of surgery you might need for your knee pain varies according to the cause of your condition and how severely it's affecting you.
If you have osteoarthritis and there's nothing more the team can do to relieve your knee pain, joint replacement surgery might be necessary.
Your provider can perform a total knee replacement (substituting the ends of both major bones in your knee with an artificial joint) or a unicompartmental knee replacement (replacing just one part of the joint).
Certain types of injuries may heal less well or be unable to repair themselves at all without surgery. Ligament ruptures and many types of cartilage damage are the most likely, and the team at All American Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Institute regularly performs procedures like ACL reconstruction and meniscal tear repairs.
To benefit from All American Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Institute's expertise in treating knee pain, call the office today or book an appointment online.