Knee pain is a common problem that can occur in people of all ages and activity levels. Pain may be severe and sudden due to an injury or isolated overuse. Pain may also start gradually and continue to get worse. Many knee pain issues can become chronic and cause long term medical conditions down the road. The knee is particularly susceptible to injury because it supports the full weight of your body during physical activity. Running, jumping, lifting and any other additional forces placed on the body also are supported by the knees.
There are many different causes of knee pain. The integral part the knees play in human activity leaves them open to various stresses. Knee pain causes can stem from overuse, trauma, general physical development and poor nutrition. Here are some of the more common causes of knee pain:
- Cartilage Damage (meniscus tear, etc.)
- Broken Bones
- Septic Arthritis
- Torn Ligaments/Tendons
- Osgood-Schlatter’s Disease
- Baker’s Cyst
- Dislocation of the Kneecap
- Iloitibial Band Syndrome
- Traumatic Knee Injuries
Knee Pain Treatment
Some knee conditions can be treated with correct general recovery practices such as rest, ice, compression and elevation. However, some knee pain issues may need more intensive treatment. At Wake Sports Medicine in Raleigh, NC, our treatments are focused on providing patients with the most advanced and precise non-surgical treatments as possible. These non-surgical treatments are minimally invasive, yet highly effective methods of relieving knee pain.
- Cortisone Shots
- Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP Injection)
- Knee Braces
- Viscosupplementation Injections (Hyaluronic Acid)
- Percutaneous Needle Fenestration
- Regenerative Medicine
When to Contact an Orthopedic Specialist?
When you have knee pain, it may be difficult to determine what the next step to relieve the pain is. Your pain may be severe and subside momentarily or you may be dealing with chronic debilitating pain. Here are some good guidelines to determine whether you should contact an orthopedic specialist:
-You can’t put weight on your knee
-Severe pain when knee isn’t in use
-Knee is misshapen or deformed
-Swelling, numbness, tingling
-Warmth and soreness around the knee
-Pain after a week of general recovery practices
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, contact us at our Raleigh, NC location today by calling or clicking the Schedule an Appointment button below. Talking with our orthopedic specialist will allow you to ask any questions and become more familiar with each knee pain treatment option.