Causes of Knee Pain

The knee is one of the largest joints in your body and, as such, it bears most of your weight, making it also one of the most problem-prone joints too. With several moving parts helping the knee do its job—like bones, cartilage, muscles, and more—any one of them are susceptible to disease and injury causing immense pain.

The severity of knee pain can vary widely depending on factors such as the cause, your activity level, and your age. For some, mild knee pain may simply be a hindrance to the active lifestyle they desire. For others, knee pain can be so severe that it limits everyday activities. 

Whether it’s a sharp pain or a dull ache, knee pain is a common problem in people across the US for a variety of reasons. Knee pain can be caused by trauma, infection, metabolic, degenerative disorders, and connective tissue disorders, but by far the most common knee pain conditions we treat include:

  • Knee arthritisThe cause of your knee pain could be any type of knee arthritis, which spans a variety of conditions. The most commonly found arthritis of the knee includes osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and post-traumatic knee arthritis.
  • Bone on bone knee painAnother common cause of knee pain is when there is bone on bone contact. This is known as osteoarthritis and it happens when the cartilage wears down to the point that the bones begin to rub against each other.
  • Knee bursitisWhen the bursae in your knees— which are fluid-filled sacs that help cushion various tissues between the shin bone and hamstring tendon—become inflamed, this can cause intense knee pain.

 

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Knee Pain Symptoms

The Clinical Journal of Pain found that the most commonly reported location of knee pain is in the middle of the knee or in the joint that connects the thigh bone to the shinbone. The second most common area people experience knee pain is in the kneecap area, while some people experience a combination of the two. 

There are many different types of symptoms that accompany knee pain, which may depend on the cause. These include:

  • Pain that spreads to nearby areas, such as the upper and lower legs
  • Swollen joints that may be difficult to bend or straighten, especially after physical activity
  • Discomfort while knee is in use 
  • Stiffness felt mostly after inactivity
  • “Locking” or “sticking” of the knee when moving
  • Creaking, clicking, snapping, or grinding noises (crepitus) in the joint
  • Weak or buckling at the knees
  • Decreased range of motion
  • Tenderness to the touch
  • Swelling, warmth, achiness, redness, or puffiness over the joint 
  • Pain may be worse in the morning, after sitting/resting for a long period of time, or even with the change of weather
  • Vigorous activity may cause knee pain to flare up
  • Loose fragments of cartilage and other tissue can interfere with the smooth motion of joints. 
  • Painful bone spurs caused by bone on bone rubbing

Non Surgical Knee Pain Treatment

Injections for Knee Pain

At KneeCare Clinics, we offer a variety of injections to reduce knee pain without the use of surgery. Injections may include Viscosupplementation, FluidFlow, Trigger Point Injections, Platelet Rich Plasma. All of these are focused on providing cushioning inside the joint as well as creating a barrier to inflammation.

Knee Bracing

Our team of professionals can outfit you in a knee brace in plastic, metal, leather, or foam in order to best fit your active lifestyle! Knee braces are able to reduce contact forces in the knee and realign the joint, which means less pressure and, therefore, less pain.

Physical Therapy

Physical therapy can normalize your knee joint range of motion, prevent knee stiffness, and overall reduce your pain. Exercises during physical therapy sessions may include range of motion activities, aerobic exercises, muscle/joint strengthening, and more. Your physical therapist may be able to recommend activities on your own that reduce pain when it flares up.

Lifestyle Changes

Your weight plays an important role in managing the pain and discomfort. After all, not only does your knee joint bear most of your weight, but poor diet and other metabolic factors can lead to inflammation of the cartilage. Diet changes and weight counseling from KneeCare Clinics can help you maintain a healthy weight, in turn, reducing knee pain.

Frequently Asked Questions

Question:

What to Expect During Recovery from Knee Pain Treatment at KneeCare Clinics

Answer:

Recovery from knee pain is dependent upon what is causing the knee pain and the treatment that you choose from KneeCare Clinics. Healing will continue to take place over time as your body adjusts to the treatment. Generally, injections that diminish the inflammation in the knee can have an immediate effect on reducing pain while other methods, like physical therapy and diet/weight counseling, can have a gradual but lasting reduction of knee pain. 

If at-home treatments are no longer effective at reducing your knee pain, deciding between the intensiveness of surgery on top of the cost can put you in a no-win situation. Turn to KneeCare Clinic for our outstanding nonsurgical treatment that lets you get back to enjoying the things you love to do!

Reduce arthritis pain and restore your quality of life! You can find a deeper level of enjoyment in your personal relationships, careers, hobbies and more with the help of KneeCare Clinics! Contact us now or speak to our patient advocate 

Question:

Do you have a payment plan for treatment?

Answer:

We offer CareCredit financing which offers 6, 12, or 18 months at 0% interest. They can finance all the way up to 60-months if you prefer smaller payments (but interest is involved beyond 18 months).

Question:

What if the treatment does not work?

Answer:

As in all of medicine, there are no guarantees that our therapies will work 100% of the time for 100% of our patients. If these conservative treatments are not effective then it may be time for a knee replacement or more aggressive procedures like a genicular nerve block or ablation.

  • What to Expect During Recovery from Knee Pain Treatment at KneeCare Clinics

    Recovery from knee pain is dependent upon what is causing the knee pain and the treatment that you choose from KneeCare Clinics. Healing will continue to take place over time as your body adjusts to the treatment. Generally, injections that diminish the inflammation in the knee can have an immediate effect on reducing pain while other methods, like physical therapy and diet/weight counseling, can have a gradual but lasting reduction of knee pain. 

    If at-home treatments are no longer effective at reducing your knee pain, deciding between the intensiveness of surgery on top of the cost can put you in a no-win situation. Turn to KneeCare Clinic for our outstanding nonsurgical treatment that lets you get back to enjoying the things you love to do!

    Reduce arthritis pain and restore your quality of life! You can find a deeper level of enjoyment in your personal relationships, careers, hobbies and more with the help of KneeCare Clinics! Contact us now or speak to our patient advocate 

  • Do you have a payment plan for treatment?

    We offer CareCredit financing which offers 6, 12, or 18 months at 0% interest. They can finance all the way up to 60-months if you prefer smaller payments (but interest is involved beyond 18 months).

  • What if the treatment does not work?

    As in all of medicine, there are no guarantees that our therapies will work 100% of the time for 100% of our patients. If these conservative treatments are not effective then it may be time for a knee replacement or more aggressive procedures like a genicular nerve block or ablation.