Knee pain is a common health issue that can affect people of all ages. It can be caused by a variety of factors, including injury, overuse, and medical conditions such as arthritis.
CAUSES OF KNEE PAIN
There are several causes of knee pain, including:
- Osteoarthritis: Osteoarthritis is caused by wear and tear of the knee joint over time. It causes pain and stiffness in the knee joint, particularly in the morning or after periods of inactivity.
- Tendinitis: Tendinitis is caused by inflammation of the tendons that attach to the knee joint. It causes pain in the front of the knee, particularly when bending or straightening the leg.
- Meniscus tear: A meniscus tear is a common knee injury that can cause pain, swelling, and stiffness in the knee joint.
- Ligament injury: Ligament injuries such as an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear can cause knee pain, instability, and swelling.
KNEE PAIN TREATMENT
The treatment options for knee pain depend on the type of knee pain and its underlying cause. Common treatments include:
- Medications: Over-the-counter pain relievers such as acetaminophen or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can help to alleviate knee pain. In more severe cases, prescription medications may be necessary.
- Physical therapy: Physical therapy can help to strengthen the muscles around the knee joint and improve flexibility, which can help to alleviate knee pain.
- Injection therapies: Corticosteroid and gel injections can help to reduce inflammation, improve joint mobility and alleviate knee pain. Nerve blocks and radiofrequency ablation (RFA) can be used to disrupt nerve signals and reduce pain.
- Surgery: In cases where conservative treatments are not effective, surgery may be necessary. Knee replacement surgery is a common treatment for severe osteoarthritis of the knee joint.
Most interventional pain procedures are done at the onsite procedure suite.
Don’t let knee pain keep you from living your life. Lakeshore Pain and Spine Center is dedicated to providing personalized and compassionate care to help you achieve pain relief and improve your overall well-being. Call Lakeshore Pain and Spine Center or book an appointment online today.