There are two broad categories of knee pain: acute injuries like torn ligaments, and chronic degeneration from conditions like arthritis. Whatever the cause of your knee pain, Mark Conliffe, DO, at Commonwealth Musculoskeletal Medicine in Louisville, Kentucky, can help. The practice uses the most up to date treatment methods for knee pain, including viscosupplementation and regenerative medicine using Regenexx®. Call Commonwealth Musculoskeletal Medicine today to schedule a consultation or contact us online.
Knees come under particular stress, making them more vulnerable to injury and wear-and-tear than other joints.
They bear almost your full weight and take the strain whenever you’re physically active. The effect of impact shock on the knee joint from running and jumping can be considerable, too.
Acute knee injuries are common causes of joint pain, and include:
One of the most common causes of knee pain is osteoarthritis, which is a degenerative disease affecting the cartilage in your knee. Unlike the instant pain of an acute injury, the pain caused by osteoarthritis develops slowly over the years, as the protective cartilage in your joints gradually wears away.
There are many potential treatments for knee pain.
Injections of hyaluronic acid, known as viscosupplementation, help to keep the joint lubricated. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally-occurring fluid in your body that you produce less of as you get older. Using viscosupplementation can relieve the friction between exposed bones that’s typical of osteoarthritis, as well as helping tissues to heal.
Most insurance policies will cover this approach to knee pain treatment.
Orthopedic braces can be useful in helping to correct the alignment of your knee and keep everything in place while the joint heals, acting as a support and helping to protect and stabilize the knee.
Physical therapy helps build strength in and around your knee joint. It also keeps the joints flexible and prevents loss of function from weakened or shortened connective tissues.
It’s vital to follow a professionally guided physical therapy program to ensure you don’t make your knee pain worse rather than better.
The Commonwealth Musculoskeletal Medicine team also uses advanced forms of regenerative medicine to treat knee pain. At the moment, most insurance policies don’t cover the cost of regenerative medicine therapies.
Find out more about regenerative medicine or schedule a consultation to discuss your knee pain problem by calling Commonwealth Musculoskeletal Medicine today, or contact us online.