Why Do I have Knee Pain?
The causes can vary, but it’s important to realize that knee pain is a sign that something is wrong, and it shouldn’t be ignored. Pain in the knees may come on all at once or build gradually over time. Before you can decide on a practice of treatment for your knee pain, you will need to get to the bottom of what’s going on.
Diagnosing Your Knee Injury: Acute, Chronic or Overuse?
Acute Injuries: Major acute injuries are difficult to miss. These include things like
- Broken Bones
- Ligament tears and sprains
- Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL)
- Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL)
- Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL)
- Lateral collateral ligament (LCL)
If you receive an acute injury to your knee, the pain levels will alert you to the problem. Continuing to use your knee after it has been injured could result in a much worse injury, so it’s important to get medical help right away.
Chronic Pain: This type of knee pain is caused by an underlying condition. Some of the conditions that can lead to chronic knee pain include
Any form of chronic pain in the body should not be ignored. It might be milder and easier to deal with than acute pain, but something is still causing it. If you don’t figure out the reason for the pain, the condition is likely to worsen over time.
Overuse Injuries: The possibility of overuse injuries is one reason it’s good to vary what you do for exercise. When you repeatedly work the same muscles and ligaments, the joints, muscles and other tissues can become inflamed. This inflammation can lead to chronic pain and other problems if left unchecked.
How To Know if You Need a Knee Replacement
As with any major surgery, your doctor or surgeon will likely leave knee replacement as the final option and have you try alternative treatments first. These can include anything from diet and exercise to advanced options like stem-cell therapy, platelet-rich plasma therapy, and physical therapy. Everyone is different, and some people with certain conditions may respond to these therapies better than others. For some, surgery is the best option.
You may need a knee replacement surgery if: You’re age 60 or above and have serious knee pain or damage that has a negative effect on your lifestyle and daily activities. If you’ve already exhausted all other options, and your doctor is sure that your condition will not improve without intervention, you might want to start comparing knee replacement surgeons.
Surgery may not be for you if: You’re under the age of 60 or have pain that doesn’t directly impact your everyday life. Most doctors will want younger folks to avoid surgery if possible. The earlier in life you opt for a joint replacement, the more likely it is that you’ll need additional surgeries in the future.
Another reason your doctor might postpone surgery is your physical limitations. People with certain skin conditions that cause open sores or those who suffer from slow healing times might be at too great a risk for infection. If you have weak leg or thigh muscles, your body might not have the required strength to support the implanted joint.
Likely Reasons Why Your Knee Pain Won’t Just Go Away
When you suffer from chronic pain for an extended period, your immune system can become stuck in a process where it continually causes inflammation in the damaged area. It’s possible to restore balance and help calm inflammation in the body by following a healthy lifestyle, eating right and taking prescribed medications like anti-inflammatory drugs, but if you never find out the cause of your pain, these efforts could be pointless.
It’s also possible that an undiagnosed condition is still contributing to your pain. For example, perhaps you’ve been diagnosed with arthritis, but your doctor missed something. You could go around for weeks, months or years treating your arthritis and wondering why it isn’t improving. Remember that pain is a signal that something is wrong. If your doctor hasn’t yet found a solution, consider seeking a second opinion. Conditions like Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) can cause a great deal of pain and are often missed.
Whether you’re thinking about seeing a specialist for the first time or considering surgery after exhausting other options, it’s important to have an action plan for how you will handle your knee pain from here. It’s unwise to sit back and hope that the problem goes away on its own. The causes of knee pain can be so complex and varying that it often takes some work to determine the exact nature of the problem, but once you and your doctor figure it out, you’ll have the best chance of creating an action plan that will help you feel better.
Seeking Knee and Joint Pain Therapy & Treatment
Knee pain can occur at any age and any fitness level. While daily wear and tear can cause knee pain as we age, knee pain is most commonly associated with overuse injuries or a sports injury. Fortunately, knee pain sufferers can finally find relief with an FDA approved, non-surgical, minimally invasive knee pain treatment. The safe and effective therapy helps patients suffering from knee pain due to osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, trauma, gout, and other related conditions.
Treating Injured or Damaged Joints
The joints form the connections between the bones in your body, and damage to them can cause severe pain. This can lead to worsened conditions, such as arthritis, bursitis, and general strains and sprains. Though certain joints are more commonly injured (the knee, shoulder, elbow, hip and hand joints), the pain can affect any area of the body.
How Our Knee & Joint Pain System Works
Component 1: Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP)
Platelet Rich Plasma therapy (PRP) has been used for healing purposes for several years. The process utilizes platelets from the patient’s own blood to rebuild damaged tendons, ligaments or cartilage. The blood is sent through a separator to isolate the platelets from the blood. The concentrated plasma platelets solution is then directly injected into the knee area to help restore the cushioning in your joint. PRP has immediate positive impact on your mobility and pain level.
Component 2: Stem Cell Therapy
Stem cell therapy is a completely different process of extracting rejuvenating cells. This treatment promotes healing by using your own body’s repair mechanisms. Acting as mother cells, stem cells have the ability to form into any type of cell in our body. They are derived from the amniotic tissues of a living human donor and injected into the injured area in order to repair tissue and reduce inflammation.
Component 3: Advanced Rehabilitation
Our healthcare team will perform advanced knee rehabilitation to restore balance, improve alignments, and establish stabilization. Once we’ve performed a diagnosis, we create a customized rehabilitation program that addresses your specific needs.
Contact Our Office Today for All of Your Joint and Knee Related Needs
If you’re ready to rid your life of knee and joint pain, then contact the physical medicine doctors at Campbell Medical Clinic in Houston, Texas today! Set up your initial consultation appointment today by reaching us at 832-460-6468 or by filling out an online form. We look forward to working with you to achieve your wellness goals!