Knee Pain Information
Knee pain can affect people of all backgrounds and ages. Often, the knee pain results from an injury or from illness that affects one or more of the parts of the knee. Knees are actually a system of bones, tendons, ligaments, and cartilage that work together. Issues with any part of the knee can cause chronic knee pain.
Causes of Knee Pain
Generally speaking, knee pain is the result of one of three situations; injury, illness, or wear and tear. Common causes for knee pain include:
- Meniscus tear – Your meniscus is a tiny piece of cartilage between the thigh and femur. It can be torn during exercise or if the knee is twisted during an injury.
- Bursitis – Normally functioning knees have liquid filled sacs that surround it. When these sacs become inflamed or irritated, knee pain occurs.
- ACL Issues – Injuries to the ACL are commonly seen in athletes, particularly in sports when there are sudden changes in direction.
- Gout – Gout occurs when a person has too much uric acid in the body. The excess acid builds up in the body and tends to effect the big toes as well as the knee.
- Osteoarthritis – Damage from this disease typically occurs as a person ages and their cartilage begins to break down due to decades of use. Once the cartilage is completely gone, the bones rub against each other resulting in pain.
Treating Knee Pain
The first step in treating knee pain is to understand the root cause of the pain. Tests are typically done to achieve this and can include X-Rays, CT Scans, or ultrasounds. A treatment plan may be developed once the root cause of the knee pain is determined.
Treatment for knee pain can cross many medical disciplines and include:
- Injections to address pain locally
- Nerve blocks to prevent feeling pain
- Acupuncture as a holistic treatment option
- Massage therapy to increase circulation and manage pain
- Physical therapy to strengthen the knee
- Pain medication
- Hyaluronic Acid Injections (Supartz, Orthovisc, Synvisc, Euflexxa) for Joint Fluid Therapy
The team at Cayman Neurology and Pain Management has a multifaceted approach to knee pain. By treating each patient as an individual, we are able to offer a number of pain management options that address their specific needs. Find out how we can help to manage your pain by speaking with a representative today.