Causes of Knee Pain and the Available Treatment Options
Knee pain is a common problem for many people and can be caused by many things. If you suffer from knee pain, there are several steps you can take to help alleviate the problem. The first step is determining whether your Midtown knee pain is caused by a medical condition or another injury. Your doctor may recommend physical therapy or surgery if it is due to an injury. Besides, knee pain can result from a medical condition, such as osteoarthritis or arthritis of the ligaments. In this case, your doctor can prescribe medication or surgery to alleviate the pain.
If your knee pain is caused by overuse and repetitive stress on your knees, you should focus on protecting them from further damage by wearing proper shoes and getting regular exercise.
Here are the leading causes of knee pain:
Sprained or strained ligaments
When a ligament is stretched or torn, it can be painful. The ligaments holding your knee joint together are the medial and lateral collateral ligaments. A sprain is when you tear one of these ligaments. Sprains can range from mild to severe, depending on how much force was used to cause it.
If arthritis affects your knee joint, movement may cause pain. The most common cause of arthritis in the knee is osteoarthritis, which occurs when cartilage wears away over time due to normal wear and tear or inflammation of the joint. While osteoarthritis is not considered a serious condition, it can make walking difficult and lead to further damage if left untreated by a podiatrist or other healthcare provider.
Bursitis (a bony inflammation in the joint)
Bursitis is a swelling of bursae, which are small fluid-filled sacs that cushion and protect joints. The bursae can become inflamed if you repeatedly use your knee or hip, such as running or playing sports.
Osteoarthritis (wear and tear)
Osteoarthritis is a disease of the joints caused by wear and tear on the cartilage in your knees over time. This damage can lead to pain, swelling, and stiffness, making it difficult to move around or perform daily activities such as walking, climbing stairs, or kneeling down.
Tendonitis is an inflammation of a tendon. It can occur at the insertion of the tendon into bone, where it attaches to the bone, or at its origin (the end of the tendon), where it attaches to the muscle. The symptoms of tendonitis are pain and swelling in the affected area. Pain may be severe enough to keep you from working or playing sports.
Find the best treatment for knee pain
The best treatment for knee pain is the one that works. If you have knee pain and it is not getting better, your doctor might recommend a course of physical therapy or other treatments. In some cases, surgery is an option to relieve severe pain in the knee. Your doctor will discuss with you whether surgery is right for you. Therefore, if your pain does not get better after a few weeks of physical therapy or other treatments, talk with Total Joint Specialists about options for surgery.