Injuring your knee is a common cause of acute knee pain, with arthritis as the typical reason for chronic joint problems. Whatever type of knee pain you have, the team at Wisconsin Spine and Pain can help. At their locations in Waukesha, West Bend, Sheboygan, Green Bay, and Greenfield, Wisconsin, the board-certified pain management specialists can relieve your knee pain without the need for surgery. To discover the best treatment for your knee pain, call Wisconsin Spine and Pain or book an appointment online today.
Common causes of knee pain the Wisconsin Spine and Pain team sees regularly include:
Osteoarthritis is a chronic disorder that causes joint inflammation, redness, warmth, tenderness, swelling, and pain. Up to 40% of people in the United States may have some degree of knee osteoarthritis. Also called degenerative joint disease, osteoarthritis typically develops over the years due to a gradual breakdown of cartilage in your knees.
Bursitis is inflammation in the fluid-filled sacs (bursae) protecting your body's joints. This inflammation is usually a result of repetitive motions or stress from kneeling.
The tendons connect muscles to bones in your knees and other joints. They can become painfully inflamed from repetitive, strenuous motions, causing tendonitis. Patellar tendonitis (jumper's knee) is inflammation of the tendon between your kneecap and shinbone.
Patellofemoral pain syndrome or runner's knee may be due to a misaligned kneecap, overuse injury, or worn cartilage in your kneecap. It causes knee pain when jumping, squatting, or walking up and down the stairs and can produce a grinding sensation when you bend or straighten your leg and may cause your knee to buckle.
Acute knee injuries are likely to result from falls, trauma, or playing sports. They typically involve the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), medial collateral ligament (MCL), or a piece of cartilage called the meniscus.
Your provider at Wisconsin Spine and Pain takes your medical history and asks you to describe the type of pain, where it is, what makes it worse or better, and how it started.
To confirm or rule out a diagnosis, you might need to undergo X-rays, an MRI, or a CT scan.
Many types of knee pain are treatable using conservative methods, such as:
If your knee pain persists, your provider at Wisconsin Spine and Pain can inject potent anti-inflammatory steroids inside your knee to reduce pain and inflammation. Injections of ozone gas could also be beneficial.
Another injection technique is viscosupplementation, which involves injecting a lubricant – typically hyaluronic acid – into your knee. Stem cell and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapies are regenerative medicine treatments that use healing cells from your body to encourage tissue repair.
For optimal treatment of your knee pain, call Wisconsin Spine and Pain or book an appointment online today.