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Knee Pain

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If you suffer from knee pain you know how uncomfortable and disruptive the condition can be. At Ortho Spine Life (OSL) you’ll find a team of medical professionals with the skill and experience needed to get to the bottom of your knee pain and create an individualized care plan. Left untreated, knee pain can significantly reduce your level of activity, which can cause numerous health problems.

Why is knee pain
so common?

When you consider the structural complexity of the human knee and the daily functions it performs, it’s surprising that knee pain isn’t even more common. Your knee joint connects two large bones and contains a combination of ligaments, tendons, muscles, nerves, and cartilage.  When any one of these components becomes damaged, significant pain and reduced mobility can result.

What causes knee pain?

Some knee pain is caused by a simple strain or a minor injury, and will likely resolve itself relatively quickly. Other types of knee pain stem from a more serious issue and usually require medical intervention to improve.

Common knee conditions

  • ACL strains or tears
  • Knee bursitis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Patellar subluxation
  • Patellar tendonitis
  • Meniscal tears
  • Knee osteoarthritis

Can injections lessen knee pain?

There are many types of injections that can lessen knee pain and help improve your function.  Corticosteroid injections can treat knee pain on an as-needed basis.  Viscosupplementation often described as ‘gel’ injections can also alleviate pain by delivering molecular hyaluronic acid (HA) for the repair of the joint lining.  Often, these injections are used in combination with physical therapy or other knee treatments.

By reducing inflammation and lessening pain, you’re better able to get through a course of exercises to strengthen your knees or cope with the pain after a major knee procedure. 

Corticosteroids and HA injections are often used as part of a larger treatment plan.  

Recent advances in medical technology have allowed for other more innovative injectables used to treat knee pain associated with meniscal tears and degenerative joint disease to name a couple.  Many patients and practitioners alike have found improved outcomes with the use of these agents. 

Is knee surgery necessary to relieve knee pain?

Not every knee condition requires surgery. At OSL a conservative approach is always taken, and surgery is not considered until and unless less invasive treatments are ineffective.  Surgery can be a powerful tool in repairing physical damage within your knee joint. Advanced ligament or muscle tears, significant

cartilage degeneration, and bone damage often require surgical repair.  Many knee surgeries can be completed arthroscopically. This approach uses several very small incisions and thin surgical tools to repair damage without the need for an open surgical procedure. Arthroscopic surgery reduces the risks inherent in any surgical

procedure and also speeds the recovery process.  Schedule an office consultation with Ortho Spine Life and receive the most advanced treatment for your knee condition and get back to living pain free.

How is knee pain treated?

The treatment for knee pain is never the same. Treatment should be individualized to suit your needs. Factors such as age, lifestyle, and associated medical problems should be factored in. At OSL our goal is to reduce pain thereby improving one’s quality of life. This may come in the form of recommendations for activity modification, medication, bracing, therapy, exercise, the use of assisted devices, interventional measures such as injections, minimally invasive surgery, and finally total knee replacement.