The knee joint is a strong, very mobile joint that can easily become injured.
The joint is made up of three bones, the femur or "thigh bone", the tibia or "leg bone" and the patella or "knee cap".
There are also many muscles tendons that stabilize the joint. Bursas (fluid filled sacs) around the knee allow the tendons to glide smoothly across each another.
For our knees to bend and move correctly, all of these parts have to work together in a balanced way.There are many parts of the knee joint that may become painful from over-use, traumatic injury or muscle imbalances.
Inflammation of the bursa or tendon are probably the most common sources of pain in the hip.
A tear in the meniscus (the cushion seperating the femur and the tibia bones) can also cause serious pain.
And just like in any other joint in the body, arthritis of the joint can become an overwhelming problem.
Any of these situations can cause enough pain to make it more difficult to stand or walk.The first step to reducing pain is to first determine where the pain starts.
This is typically accomplished by your physician listening to how your pain started and recognizing what makes your pain worse. A thorough physical examination of your painful area will also be performed.
X-rays, MRI, and special nerve and muscle testing may also be used to take a better look at your condition.
Once the main problem is identified, then a treament plan can be started to treat it at its source.
Surgery is not always the answer. Most surgeons would not want to operate on your knee if there is another way of treating your condition.
There are certain situations where surgery may ultimately be needed. However, you want to try all means of conservative treatment before undergoing an operation on your knee.
There are many types of minimally invasive joint injections that we may be able to use that may reduce the pain quickly.
Injections are typically used when the pain is so bad that it prevents you from working, performing any type of exercise, or if you cannot progress through the exercise program because of the pain.
Ultimately, it will take a little time, persistence, teamwork and dedication to you health to help reduce or eliminate your pain. Make an appointment today so that we can help you begin your road to recovery and less pain.