The economic and social impacts of knee pain related to osteoarthritis are profound. Symptoms include feeling pain in the knee when standing or walking, swelling, stiffness, weakness, instability, popping/crunching noises, inability to fully straighten the knee.
Many patients find that they have ‘flare-ups,’ which pass with home treatments and rest. Over time, however, these conditions may get worse and become more constant. There are many causes of knee pain, which can be related to old injuries, including meniscal tears, which may have required repair, chronic bursitis, and chronic tendinitis of the patella (knee cap).
At the same time, there are mechanical issues that include loose bodies (pieces of bone or cartilage floating in the knee joint) or recurrent knee dislocation. Frequently, the knee joint is not the pain generator, but issues related to the hip (including the iliotibial band) or foot/ankle issues. A lack of muscle flexibility or strength and excess weight can cause trouble.
Visiting a knee pain specialist will help you identify the cause. You can consult with a knee pain specialist in The Woodlands to clear your doubts about its cause and get the appropriate treatment. The most common cause of knee pain is osteoarthritis. This is the basic “wear and tear” damage that occurs as the cartilage deteriorates, and there is further damage to the bone. Other arthritis causes include rheumatoid, gout, and pseudogout, which can be diagnosed with blood tests.
There are a multitude of knee pain treatments that could be recommended, depending on the condition. The treatment plan may include one or more of the following:
- non-steroidal anti-inflammatories
- compound transdermal medications
- bracing, including custom bracing
- neuromodulation treatments
- vitamin supplementation
- cold therapy
- initial corticosteroid injections
- viscosupplement injection treatment (a kind of synthetic treatment injected in a series of three injections)
- growth factor injections
- cryopreserved Regenerative Medicine Therapy injections
- Botox therapy
- platelet rich plasma injections.
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