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What are the best treatments for knee pain?

What are the best treatments for knee pain?

Knee pain is a common complaint, especially among adults. Most cases of it are attributed to the natural aging process. However, there are cases of knee pain that can be brought about by other reasons. This includes:

  • Strained or sprained knee 
  • Trauma to the knee such as a torn cartilage
  • Tendonitis or inflammation of the tendons 
  • Arthritis 

Treating Knee Pain

To determine the cause of your knee pain, the doctor will conduct a thorough physical examination. 

During this exam, the doctor may inspect your knee for other signs and symptoms such as swelling, warmth, and visible bruising and may push or pull the joint to assess the integrity of your knee joint.

In some cases, additional tests may be needed to determine the cause. 

X-ray, CT scan, ultrasound, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are the most commonly done tests to identify the cause of knee pain.

Depending on the findings, your doctor may recommend one or a combination of the following treatments:

  • Medications
    In cases of knee pain brought by arthritis, the doctor may recommend pain medications to relieve the pain and other symptoms.

  • Physical Therapy
    There are instances when physical therapy will be recommended.

    This is one to strengthen the muscles around the knee. You may be recommended for flexibility and/or strength training exercises, depending on what causes your knee pain.

  • Injections
    In some cases, you may be recommended for injections directly into your knee joint. This could be corticosteroid, hyaluronic acid, or platelet-rich plasma injection.

  • Surgery
    If the aforementioned treatments are not working, the doctor will most likely recommend surgery.

    The most common surgical options for knee pain include arthroscopic, partial knee replacement, and total knee replacement surgeries.

If your knee pain is affecting your quality of life, then call us. At Ozark Orthopaedics, we have specialists who can help you. 

To schedule an appointment, you may call us at (479) 521-2752.

 

References:

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/knee-pain/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20350855

https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/knee-pain-and-problems