Expert Care Center
Gazelle Aram, MD
Pain Management located in Delray Beach, FL
Knee Pain Q & A
What causes knee pain?
Knees are complex joints that take a great deal of strain in everyday life, and even more strain if you participate in regular physical activities. This strain can sometimes result in acute injuries that cause instant pain or wear and tear of the joint and degenerative problems like osteoarthritis.
If you participate in sports or other energetic activities, your knees are probably going to experience added stress as you run, jump, twist, and turn. If you move awkwardly in the midst of play, it can cause ligament and tendon damage, as can landing badly after a jump, or coming to a stop very suddenly.
As you get older, your knees are more likely to cause pain and stiffen up as the tissues in the joint start to deteriorate, and knee injuries that don’t get the right treatment can turn into long-term problems.
Knees are usually one of the first places that people notice discomfort and loss of function due to aging. Getting older also makes you more vulnerable to trips and falls, which in turn can be common causes of knee injury and pain.
What injuries cause knee pain?
As there are multiple tissues as well as bones in your knees, injuries or deterioration of any of these structures can cause knee pain. However, the most common causes of knee pain include:
- Fractured bones
- Joint dislocation
- Strained tendons
- Sprained ligaments
- MCL tear
- Meniscus tear
- Patellar tendonitis (runner’s knee)
- Articular cartilage injuries
Although taking part in sports is a risk factor for knee injuries, particularly ones such as ACL and meniscus tears, you can sustain these injuries even if you lead a relatively quiet life just by twisting the wrong way or having a slip or fall.
What treatments are available for knee pain?
Before starting any treatment at Expert Care Center, Dr. Aram needs to examine your knees and find out for sure what’s causing the pain. As well as using her expertise and experience to make a diagnosis, she can make use of advanced diagnostic imaging such as x-ray or MRI to confirm her diagnosis and check the extent of the damage.
- Using a brace to support the knee while it heals
- Anti-inflammatory medication
- Physical therapy
- “Gel Shots” or Visco supplementation
- Steroid/Cortisone injections
- Anti-inflammatory injections
- Regenerative medicine
If you’ve injured your knee or you’re experiencing the twinges and stiffness of knee pain, call Expert Care Center or book an appointment online today.