Knee Pain Treatments

Knee pain is one of the more common reasons people visit our physicians at 360 Orthopedics. The knee is a complex joint and a knee injury can seriously impact your lifestyle. If your knee is swollen, you are unable to fully extend your leg, or your knee frequently gives out when you apply weight on it, these are all signs it is time to speak with a doctor. Fortunately, many knee problems are very treatable.

Causes of Knee Pain

Causes of knee pain are most commonly associated with an injury or disease. An injury affects the tendons, ligaments, cartilage, and bones that form and surround the joint. Examples include a fractured knee cap, ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) tear, or a torn meniscus. The menisci are the rubbery cartilage between the thigh and shin bones that act as a shock absorber when we walk. As we age, osteoarthritis can also start to deteriorate this cartilage in the knee causing bone on bone pain.

Sometimes a mere modification of activities or lifestyle will reduce minor knee discomfort. Maintaining a healthy weight is the first step to reducing strain and wear on the knee joint. Additionally, physical therapyand exercise will strengthen the surrounding muscles to help stabilize weak joints. Staying active with low impact activities such as biking, swimming, and walking are excellent ways to relieve discomfort.

Knee Pain Treatment

At 360 Orthopedics, we utilize the latest technology to help diagnose and treat knee pain. With on-site MRI and digital X-rays, we are able to provide a speedy and accurate diagnosis. Once we understand the cause of your knee pain, we can determine the best course of treatment. Some of these problems are treated conservatively without surgery through the use of anti-inflammatories, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy, or injections. Others may require arthroscopy or arthroplasty. For pain and other sensory issues, we can conduct an EMG (electromyogram) and NCS (nerve conduction study). Your treatment plan will be completely tailored to your needs, and our doctors will walk you through all of your options during your appointment.

If you’re facing debilitating knee pain or reduced mobility, please contact our office today. The earlier we can diagnose your ailment, the more options we may have for treatment. Our physicians at 360 Orthopedics are dedicated to serving the community with conservative and compassionate care. Give us a call at 941-951-2663 to schedule your first appointment at one of our three state-of-the-art facilities.