General Orthopedics & Pain Management located in Sarasota, FL, Venice, FL, & Lakewood Ranch, FL
Knee pain is a common problem that can limit your mobility and seriously impact your lifestyle. If you suffer from persistent or recurring knee pain, book a visit at 360 Orthopedics in Sarasota, Venice, and Lakewood Ranch, Florida. The team offers a number of advanced diagnostics and can determine the most effective treatment for your condition. To speak with an orthopedic specialist about your knee pain, call or schedule your appointment online today.
Knee Pain Q & A
What causes knee pain?
Knee pain can come from a number of injuries and medical conditions. Your knees are made up of bone, cartilage, ligaments, muscle, and other tissue. Damage or disease to any of these structures can result in knee pain. Some common causes of knee pain include:
The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is one of the major ligaments in your knee — and a common source of injury. ACL injuries occur when the ligament is stretched beyond its normal limits becomes sprained or torn.
ACL injuries are common in sports like soccer, basketball, and football, where you put stress on the structures of the knee. Sudden stops, awkward jumps, and collisions to the knee can all result in ACL injuries.
Falls, car accidents, and other types of collisions can all result in painful knee fractures. The patella (kneecap) is a common source of fracture that can make it difficult to walk or straighten your knee. Issues like osteoporosis (weakened bones) can increase your risk of knee fractures.
One of the most common types of knee injuries is a torn meniscus. The menisci are pieces of rubbery cartilage that sit between the thigh and shinbone. A torn meniscus is caused by activities that require forceful twisting or rotating of the knee.
Symptoms include pain, swelling, difficulty straightening the knee, and a popping sensation. Gradual wear and tear on the cartilage in your knees (osteoarthritis) can increase your risk of a torn meniscus.
Additional causes of knee pain include:
- Iliotibial band syndrome
Effectively treating your condition requires an accurate diagnosis. Before beginning treatment, your doctor performs an in-depth evaluation to determine the root cause of your knee pain.
How is knee pain diagnosed?
360 Orthopedics uses the latest technology to diagnose and treat knee pain. To begin your diagnosis, your doctor performs a physical exam and discusses your medical history as well as any recent injuries.
The team provides on-site X-rays and MRIs to quickly and accurately determine the cause of your knee pain. The team also offers electromyography (EMG) and nerve conduction studies (NCS). Once you’ve been diagnosed, your doctor works with you to develop your individualized treatment plan.
What treatments are available for my knee pain?
In many cases, your doctor can effectively relieve your knee pain with conservative care. Depending on your condition, conservative treatment may include:
- Anti-inflammatory medication
- Regenerative medicine
- Splint, cast, or brace
- Physical therapy
In some cases, your condition may require surgery. 360 Orthopedics offers a number of minimally invasive procedures like arthroscopy and arthroplasty. If you suffer from chronic or debilitating knee pain, book an appointment by phone or online today.
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