How Can I Get Relief from My Knee Pain?

How Can I Get Relief from My Knee Pain?

Your knees are a vital part of your ability to move around, walk, and participate in physical activities. So it’s no surprise when these tasks become difficult if you’re suffering from knee pain. Although severe knee pain may require more invasive treatments, mild-to-moderate pain can usually be managed with rest and conservative measures.

At Commonwealth Musculoskeletal Medicine, our team are experts in treating any kind of pain in your body, especially when it’s in your knees. Dr. Mark Conliffe is our in-house neuromusculoskeletal medicine specialist. Dr. Conliffe offers a variety of treatments when your knees are causing more pain than not.

What causes pain in your knee?

The knee joint is quite amazing, as it basically bears almost all your body weight during physical activity. Though this is impressive, it also makes your knees prone to injury and wear-and-tear. 

There are basically two ways your knees can become painful — chronic problems and acute injuries. Chronic problems are those that stem from a condition that breaks down the tissues in your knees. The most common type of chronic problem is known as osteoarthritis.

Osteoarthritis causes the breakdown of the protective layer of tissue, known as cartilage, within your joint. This condition takes years to develop, but the pain can be unbearable. Many other types of arthritis can affect your knee joint, including inflammatory arthritis.

Injuries are another reason that your knee hurts. Sports, physical activities, and accidents like falls can lead to injuries in your knee joint. Common injuries in your knee include ACL tears, meniscus tears, and sprains or strains.

Symptoms to keep an eye on

Pain in your knee is often accompanied by other symptoms as well. These symptoms vary, depending on what’s actually causing the discomfort. Though everyone’s knee pain show’s different signs, some of the most common accompanying symptoms include:

You may also notice that you have trouble getting your knee to straighten when you have pain. This may also be accompanied by popping noises or a feeling of “crunching” in your knees.

If you’re suffering from pain in one or both of your knees and have any of the above symptoms, it’s a good idea to seek treatment from Dr. Conliffe. The longer you let the pain fester, the more damage is done within your knee joint.

Treatments that give you relief

Whether you’re dealing with chronic pain in your knee, or you’ve suffered an injury, Dr. Conliffe has a treatment that can get you back on your feet. If your knee pain doesn’t seem to be getting better on its own, and your everyday life is affected, professional treatment from our team can help.

A number of therapies are available to help you kick your pain to the curb. Dr. Conliffe is an expert in several specialized areas of treatment for knee pain, which include:

Physical therapy

Physical therapy is a way to reduce your pain through purposeful movement and strength building. Dr. Conliffe uses strength training exercises to build up the muscles around your knee to provide support. Stretching is also incorporated, to increase flexibility, which helps prevent further injury.

Hyaluronic acid injections

These types of injections are also known as viscosupplementation. Hyaluronic acid is produced naturally in your body. However, as you age, it’s produced in smaller quantities. Because it provides lubrication in your knee joint, the injections help to reduce friction and pain.

Bracing

When you’ve suffered an injury, your knee needs to remain stable to heal. A knee brace is a tool that both protects your joint from more harm and provides the support you need to reduce your pain and allow your knee to get back to normal.

Regenerative medicine

Dr. Conliffe also provides regenerative medicine treatments to help you ease the pain in your knee. These treatments include platelet-rich plasma injections and stem cell therapy. These treatments help to heal your joint from the inside out, sometimes by using your own body’s healing powers. 

Our team is ready to help you conquer your knee pain once and for all. To get expert treatment, call our office today at 502-771-1012, or book an appointment online with Dr. Conliffe on our website.

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