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Knee Pain : Causes and Treatment Options

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Knee pain accounts for more than 25-37% of all complaints from people over the age of 50. Although it is more commonly associated with aging, athletes and younger groups can also experience it. That is why extreme precautions must be taken if you ever experience a sudden onset of pain in the weight-bearing joints of the body (knees, hips, ankles).

What are the causes of knee pain?

Knee pain may be caused by a plethora of factors. The knee joint is made up of a number of components—three bones (femur, tibia, and patella), ligaments, tendons, and cartilage, so it is important for a physician to accurately diagnose the source of the pain. Here are some of the most common causes of knee pain:

Injury-related causes 

  • Torn Cartilage 

Cartilage tears can cause excruciating pain when moving and are caused by a trauma to the Menisci. Unsurprisingly, knee pain from cartilage tears is very common in more physically active people. Knee pain management in these types of cases usually involves surgical repair (arthroscopic surgery) and post-operative care, such as knee brace placement.

  • ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) 

An ACL injury may cause knee pain and is most predominantly seen among athletes who participate in sports requiring a sudden change of speed and direction (eg., soccer, basketball, football, etc.). The ACL is crucial in maintaining stability in the knee joints, so any injury involving this area will most likely cause severe knee pain.

Arthritis

Different types of arthritis can damage the joints and cartilage of the knees resulting in swelling and stiffness.

  • Gouty arthritis – When uric acid deposits accumulate in the joints, it creates a "crystal-like" formation (also commonly referred to as "tophi formation") which can cause sudden tenderness in the affected toe or knee.
  • RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis – RA happens when the body's immune system attacks the "synovium" (which cushions the bones and reduces friction). The resulting damage to the joint tissue can cause chronic pain. 
  • Osteoarthritis – The cartilage in the knee may deteriorate over time which predisposes an individual to experience aching and soreness in the joints.  

What are the treatment options for knee pain?

Knee pain management and treatment may be required if you are experiencing chronic knee pain. Initially, a diagnosis must first be established to assess the pain's origin and evaluate other contributing factors. A doctor will then create an individualized treatment plan based on diagnostic results.

Some of the most common treatment for knee pain includes the following:

NSAIDs – Your knee pain doctor will mostly prescribe a short-course NSAID to help address your pain.

Physiotherapy – knee pain treatment may include a range of exercises that puts off the stress on the weight-bearing joints in the body.

Surgery – If all other treatments fail, surgical intervention (e.g., Arthroscopic surgery) may be required.

 

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Knee pain treatment—Pain Care Specialists of Florida

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At Pain Care Specialists of Florida, we provide a comprehensive range of services to relieve the acute and chronic pain you are experiencing. Our expert knee pain management specialist, Dr. Escobar, can give you the proper diagnosis you need so we can start creating a treatment plan that will meet the specific needs of your condition. 

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The material contained on this site is for informational purposes only and DOES NOT CONSTITUTE THE PROVIDING OF MEDICAL ADVICE, and is not intended to be a substitute for independent professional medical judgment, advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare providers with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your health.

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