The mechanisms of the knees are so complex and bear so much force, they’re the most commonly injured joints of the body. The skilled providers at MaxHealth Family, Internal & Sports Medicine investigate the cause of your knee pain and provide targeted treatment to get you back on your feet. If you suffer from knee pain, make an appointment at the Colleyville, Texas, clinic online or over the phone.
The knees absorb significant force every time you take a step, making the joints vulnerable to injury. Any inflammation or injury that affects the sophisticated structures of the knee can cause pain.
Some of the most common causes of knee pain include:
Excess weight on the knee can also contribute to and exacerbate knee pain. The only way to determine the underlying cause of your knee pain is to provide a full diagnostic workup.
To find out what’s going on inside your knee, your MaxHealth Family, Internal & Sports Medicine specialist uses a thorough diagnostic process. First, your doctor needs to know information about your symptoms, such as when they started and what they feel like.
Then, your doctor asks relevant questions about your personal and family health histories to uncover any risk factors you may have. After this verbal exchange, your doctor provides a physical exam.
During the exam, your provider examines your knee and may ask you to perform a few movements to assess strength, pain, and reflexes. This process helps to narrow down possible diagnoses.
To get a clear picture inside your knee, your doctor may order imaging tests such as X-rays, CT scans, ultrasounds, or MRIs. They may also request lab tests to check for markers of inflammation, infection, and other problems.
Once your doctor assesses all the information from this process, they can make a diagnosis and target the cause with treatment.
Knee pain usually doesn’t require surgical intervention and heals with noninvasive treatments instead. In some cases, surgery is the best option.
Medication, such as pain relievers and anti-inflammatories, can make the healing process more tolerable. The RICE treatment method (rest, ice, compression, and elevation) often provides relief as well. Your doctor may suggest a knee brace or crutches to reduce stress on the knee.
Physical therapy builds strength and flexibility in the structures around the knee to correct movement patterns and increase stability.
Injection therapy may provide significant pain relief and reduced inflammation. If conservative treatments don’t help or you have a severe fracture or tear, you may need surgical repair.
If knee pain interferes with your well-being, contact MaxHealth Family, Internal & Sports Medicine online or over the phone.