Compassionate and Customized Care for Your Knee Condition
More than one third of Americans report experiencing knee pain, which is the most common reason a person chooses to visit an orthopedic doctor. Due to increased longevity and additional years of activity, many people experience a gradual increase of knee pain that develops over time. Others can point to a definitive moment in which the problem developed due to an injury while playing sports, falling, having a collision, or twisting the knee.
If you are experiencing knee pain that started either gradually or suddenly, it is important to find relief to get back to the lifestyle and activities you enjoy. At Orthopedic Centers of America, we can help. Our board-certified, orthopedic knee specialists have helped over 30,000 people find relief from their pain using non-surgical and minimally-invasive surgical procedures to get back to their active lifestyle with less pain and shorter recovery times. Call us at 888-549-0835 to speak to a patient coordinator and be matched to an orthopedic knee specialist. It may be the best thing you do!
Causes of Knee Pain
Because the knee joint is complex and has many components, it is vulnerable to injury. Three bones, the femur, tibia and patella, meet to form the knee joint and are covered with slippery cartilage that allows the bones to easily glide across each other as you bend or straighten your leg. When this cartilage wears away, either from disease or overuse, knee pain becomes an issue.
Other causes of pain in the knee are:
Meniscus – The meniscus is a tough, rubbery cartilage that is wedged between the femur and tibia bones and absorbs the impact of daily activities. When this cartilage begins to wear away, you will feel a gradual onset of pain.
Ligaments – The purpose of ligaments is to connect the bones. Acting like strong ropes, they work to hold the bones together and keep the knee stable.
Collateral ligaments are found on the sides of your knee and control the sideways motion your leg makes while cruciate ligaments are inside the knee joint and control the back and forth movement of the knee. If you have an issue with either of these ligaments from an injury, then you will feel pain in the knee area.
Common Knee Injuries
Below are common knee injuries and conditions that cause pain:
Symptoms of Knee Pain
There are three categories of pain that you could possibly feel in your knee.
1. Sudden onset of pain from an injury due to a broken or fractured bone, a sprain, torn ligaments, meniscal tear or joint dislocation.
2. Chronic knee pain from conditions such as arthritis, osteoarthritis, inflammation or infection.
3. Overuse injuries from activities that may cause:
Tendonitis – an injury to the tendon that connects the kneecap to the shinbone
IT band pain – an inflamed tendon that runs down the outside of the thigh
Bursitis – inflammation of a fluid-filled sac near the knee joint
If you are experiencing the following symptoms, then you may need to see an orthopedic knee specialist:
- An injury that causes a popping sound
- Severe knee pain
- Cannot move the knee
- Begin limping
- Swelling at the injury site
- Knee pain that gradually worsens
Knee Pain Treatments
At Orthopedic Centers of America, our physicians have the advanced knowledge and experience to diagnose your knee pain and provide a compassionate and customized treatment plan that will help resolve the pain in your knee. Orthopedic Centers of America is not involved in prescribing narcotics for pain to mask the symptoms. Instead, the physicians seek to address the underlying cause of pain by starting with an effective conservative treatment and work collaboratively with you to make a plan that will give you relief.
For some knee pain, taking over the counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications and avoiding the activities or positions that cause the knee pain is enough to give relief. Other non-surgical options may include:
Medication – Over-the-counter pain medications can relieve mild pain and inflammation. Muscle relaxants may be prescribed for severe knee pain and/or radiating nerve pain.
Heat and/or Cold – Alternating hot or cold packs may help with the knee pain and stiffness
Physical Therapy – A physical therapist can supply exercises to improve your flexibility and strengthen the muscles, such as the quadriceps, that effect the knee.
In cases where non-surgical conservative treatment is not enough to relieve the pain, there are other conservative options to address your knee pain such as:
- Knee Injections – Your orthopedic knee specialist will determine the best injection substance for your specific knee injury or chronic pain.
- Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) – Platelet Rich Plasma is derived from your blood and contains a rich supply of growth factors and proteins that stop the pain and start the healing process in your knee.
- Stem Cell Therapy – Because the body was made to heal itself, stem cells, usually obtained from bone marrow, are used as “signaling cells” to give a chemical message to the surrounding tissue and bones to start the healing process. This healing process may continue for months. Cell therapy may be used to delay surgery.
Orthopedic Centers of America does not participate in cells sourced from Embryonic, Umbilical Cord Blood/Placental Tissue, Amniotic Fluid, or Amniotic Tissue. Only adult cells from one’s own body are used by the doctors in the Orthopedic Centers of America network.
Minimally-Invasive Surgical Procedures
Knee pain that is not relieved by non-surgical treatments may require a minimally-invasive surgical procedure. However, these options provide faster recovery and less pain than the more traditional open surgery on the knee. Hospital stays are just a few days, and a return to walking will be encouraged soon after the surgery. Some of the minimally-invasive surgical options are:
Whether your orthopedic knee specialist takes a conservative or a minimally invasive approach to your pain, the rehabilitation time afterwards is just as important as the procedure performed by the physician. A physical therapist may give you exercises to perform at home to increase your flexibility and range of motion. This therapeutic plan will accelerate your recovery and increase blood flow to the injured area, allowing you to regain your ability to move without pain.
At Orthopedic Centers of America, we know how important your mobility is. We have helped thousands find relief from debilitating pain in their knees. If you are ready to take the next step, call 1-888-549-0835 to speak with a patient coordinator and be matched with an orthopedic knee specialist in your area. Get relief today. Life awaits.