When it comes to joint pain, the most common complaint we treat is related to the knee. The knee joint is fundamental for our capability to move. Its main purpose is to bend and straighten, twist and rotate. While the knee relies on several bones, ligaments, tendons, and cartilage to perform, the knee joint is often prone to injury. The most common cause of joint pain is osteoarthritis, a degenerative disease that wears away the surface of the joint. The most common symptoms of osteoarthritis include pain, stiffness, and swelling in the joint. This condition also greatly decreases range of motion and causes inflammation that can be seen on the skin around the joint. Patients with arthritis usually report feeling the worst symptoms in the morning. In the case of rheumatoid arthritis, a patient may feel a loss of appetite due to the inflammation by way of the immune system. Severe rheumatoid arthritis also causes joint deformity and hand in hand with anemia by decreasing the red blood cell count.
Patellofemoral pain syndrome (also known as Runner’s Knee) consists of pain at the front of the knee around the kneecap (patella). This condition most commonly affects athletes who participate in running and jumping sports.
The pain often increases in intensity when running, walking up or down stairs, sitting for long periods of time, or squatting. Simple treatments — such as rest and icing the knee — can help, but in some cases patients may require physical therapy to ease the patellofemoral pain.
Often times we find knee pain is the common denominator patients have when explaining pain in other areas of the body. Our pain management specialists understand that knee pain can impact other areas of the body, which is why our team is up to date with the latest medical advances in treating knee pain.
A group of researchers set out to determine how knee pain is accompanied by pain elsewhere in the body. Their findings indicate that most people with knee pain also have pain at other sites and these patients tend to have more limited physical function.
Steroidal medication injected into a painful joint space can help soothe pain in arthritic joints. Injecting corticosteroids into an arthritic joint will not provide permanent relief on its own, it can dramatically reduce inflammation and pain. The effects can last anywhere between 1 week to 1 year. Injections for joint pain are usually one of the steps taken before resorting to surgery. In some patients, steroid injections can reduce pain to the point where patients are able to participate in Physical Therapy, which in turn can strengthen the surrounding muscles and eliminate the need for further treatment.
Our Physical Therapists can help manage pain, reducing the need for opioids and sometimes avoiding surgery entirely.
Physical therapy can improved mobility, increase trauma recovery, increase recovery from stroke or paralysis, reduce the risk of falling by increasing muscle strength and improve equilibrium.
Our knee pain specialists are accepting new patients. To schedule an appointment, call us at 972-382-9992.