Whether your knee pain is due to aging or injury, it can affect your daily life. If you damage your knee playing sports or have the grinding ache of osteoarthritis in your joints, the expert team at Louisiana Pain Specialists can help. With offices in Kenner, Metairie, Laplace, Baton Rouge, Marrero, and New Orleans, Louisiana, they treat knee pain using innovative, nonsurgical techniques. Find out how to relieve persistent knee pain by calling your nearest Louisiana Pain Specialists office or booking an appointment online today.
Knee pain is a common problem in adults, often due to general wear and tear and the subsequent development of osteoarthritis.
Daily activities such as walking, standing, crouching, kneeling, and lifting all put strain on your knees that can cause damage or tissue deterioration.
People who run regularly or play sports that require jumping or pivoting are also more prone to knee pain.
Some of the more common conditions causing knee pain include:
A sprained knee ligament or strained muscle might occur after a blow to your knee or if you suddenly twist the joint. Symptoms include pain, swelling, and trouble walking. ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) and MCL (medial collateral ligament) sprains are common sports injuries.
A meniscus is a pad of cartilage that absorbs shock and enhances joint stability. Knee trauma can damage the menisci in the joint, and meniscal tears often happen at the same time as ligament injuries.
Tendonitis, inflammation of the tendons, is typically due to overuse of the knee when running, cycling, or jumping. For example, jumper’s knee is tendonitis in the patellar tendon, which often affects those who play sports like basketball that causes repeated stress on the tendon from landing after a jump.
Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis in knee joints, usually affecting those middle-aged because it typically occurs after years of wear on the joint cartilage.
Rheumatoid arthritis is another frequent cause of knee pain, but in this case, an autoimmune disorder causes knee cartilage destruction and inflammation.
Most patients find their knee pain responds well to physical therapy, pain-relieving medications, and lifestyle changes like losing weight. You might also need to wear a brace for a while or use an assistive device like a cane or walker to keep weight off the knee while it heals.
If your pain doesn't improve with these methods or you have a condition like arthritis that deteriorates over time, you might need further treatments. These might include:
The correct combination of treatments can delay or avoid the need for invasive procedures like knee replacement surgery.
To find a solution for your knee pain, call Louisiana Pain Specialists or book an appointment online today.