Knee pain can be caused by a sudden injury, an overuse injury, or by an underlying condition, such as arthritis. Treatment will vary depending on the cause. Symptoms of knee injury can include pain, swelling, and stiffness.
Knee pain is an extremely common complaint, and there are many causes. It is important to make an accurate diagnosis of the cause of your symptoms so that appropriate treatment can be directed at the cause. If you have knee pain, some common causes include:
- Arthritis - Arthritis is among the most common causes of knee pain, and there are many treatments available.
- Ligament Injuries - Ligament injuries commonly occur during athletic activities and can cause discomfort and instability.
- Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injury
- Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Injury
- Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Injury
- Meniscus Tear - Meniscal tears are seen in young and old patients alike, and are also an extremely common cause of knee pain.
- Patellar Tendonitis - Tendonitis around the joint is most commonly of the patellar tendon, the large tendon over the front of the knee.
- Chondromalacia Patella - Chondromalacia causes knee pain under the kneecap and is due to softening of the cartilage.
- Dislocating Kneecap - A dislocating kneecap causes acute symptoms during the dislocation, but can also lead to chronic knee pain.
- Baker's Cyst - A Baker's cyst is swelling in the back of the joint, and is usually a sign of another underlying problem such as a meniscus tear.
- Bursitis - The most common bursa affected around the joint is just below the kneecap. This is most common in people who kneel for work, such as gardeners or carpet layers.
- Plica Syndrome - Plica syndrome is an uncommon cause of knee pain, and can be difficult to diagnose. Usually the pain is located in the medial knee.
- Osgood-Schlatter Disease - Osgood-Schlatter disease is a condition seen in adolescents and is due to irritation of the growth plate just at the front of the joint below the kneecap.
Here at Achieve Wellness Medical Center, our medical team will work with you to develop an individualized treatment plan to decrease pain, improve motion and strength. The overall goal would be to restore your normal function.
Most people with joint pain in the Columbia area are searching for all-natural, less-invasive treatment options. Joint surgeries and knee replacements are available, and so are heavy medications to dull your pain. But do you want the risk of becoming dependent upon these treatments or risk the side effects? Or, what if your knee problems can’t be solved with surgery? Or a medication that you may need to take more and more of to handle the pain but never actually solve the problem?
We’re dedicated to patients who feel out of options, and that’s why we offer an array of treatments for chronic knee pain, including regenerative treatments and enriched plasma.
enriched plasma treatments involve taking your own blood, removing other elements of the blood that aren’t essential to our purposes, and injecting the concentrated platelets and plasma into your knee. Your blood contains many substances that your body naturally produces to help you heal—platelets, growth factors, and cytokines. We use enriched plasma to deliver a much-needed dose of these healing factors at the site of your knee pain.