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Why is knee pain so pervasive?
While your knees are the largest joints in your body, they’re also the most easily injured, which makes sense given the amount of stress they’re under in terms of support and mobility. To better understand what types of injuries or conditions can cause knee pain, it’s helpful to understand the joint’s structure.
Your knee is an incredibly complex joint made up of:
- Three bones: your tibia, femur, and patella
- Cartilage promotes movement in the joint
- Tendons that connect your muscles to your bones
- Ligaments that keep the bone structure together
- Menisci, wedge-shaped pieces of cartilage that act as shock absorbers between your bones
While each of these components plays a critical role in the function of your knees, each is also susceptible to injury or disease that can lead to knee pain.
What are the causes of knee pain?
The most common causes of knee pain are:
When you push your knees to the limit, injury can occur, including:
- Ligament tears
- Kneecap dislocation or fractures
- Meniscus tears
Sports injuries are a common cause of knee injuries.
Wear and tear
As with any joint in your body, everyday wear and tear can take its toll, weakening the structures inside your knee, which often leads to inflammation. This inflammation, which accompanies conditions like tendonitis or bursitis, often results in knee pain.
Degenerative arthritis or inflammatory arthritis are common conditions that cause knee pain.
What are the treatments for knee pain?
After the source of your knee pain is uncovered, FIX Medical Group works to alleviate your discomfort and restore function using the following state-of-the-art treatments:
- Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy
- Dry needling
- Ozone therapy
- Massage therapy
- Physical therapy
- Active release technique (ART®)
Each case of knee pain is different, so the team tailors a treatment plan that best addresses your condition and your goals. More often than not, the team also recommends at-home care to help with your knee pain, including:
- At-home exercises
- Weight loss recommendations, if applicable
- Activity restrictions to rest your knee
- Hot and cold therapies
If knee pain is interfering with your ability to move about, call the knee specialists at FIX Medical Group or use the online booking tool to schedule a consultation.