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Knee Pain

About Knee Pain

When you have knee pain behind or your knee or under your kneecap, your ability to perform everyday tasks and participate in your favorite sports is severely restricted. You want to get knee pain relief as soon as possible. And you can get it at the Spine & Rehab Group, with offices in the Financial District, Greenwich Village and Midtown Manhattan, or in Bergen County, Morris County and Union County, New Jersey. Choose from eight locations for fast, accurate assessments and effective treatment. Don’t wait until it gets worse; call today for an appointment.

Is Knee Pain Serious?

Your knee is the largest and most complex joint in your body. Any injury or age-related wear to this joint leads to pain, reduces your mobility and affects your quality of life. A third of Americans report experiencing knee pain at some point in their lives. This is the second-most common cause of chronic pain behind lower back pain. There are many causes of knee pain, from regular wear and tear to knee injuries.

Your knee joint plays a critical role in most physical activities. When it hurts, you can’t easily stand or walk, let alone jump, run, hop, slide or jog. The joint allows four main movements, namely extension, flexion, lateral rotation and medial rotation. Basically, you can bend you knee, extend your leg and rotate the joint a bit.

Given the complexity of the knee joint, you need to see a specialist if you experience any nagging pain. Dr. Amr Hosny and a team of experienced knee experts at the Spine & Rehab Group in New York City and northern New Jersey use cutting-edge equipment for knee pain diagnosis, treatment and knee pain relief.

Should I See a Doctor about Knee Pain?

Knee pain is a common complaint. Many people live with it through different pain management and home remedy solutions. But getting a diagnosis and medical review by a specialist is the best solution to avoid further complications and damage. Consult your knee doctor for a knee pain diagnosis If you notice symptoms such as:

  • Back of knee pain
  • Sudden, intense pain in your knee
  • Swelling, redness, bruising, soreness or tenderness
  • Stiffness and problems walking
  • Warmth and pain on your knee
  • A knee injury accompanied by a popping sound
  • Inability to fold your leg
  • Unusual sounds at the knee when walking, including clicking or crunching sounds

Any of these symptoms or any other discomfort around your knee requires immediate attention by your doctor. Even if you’ve suffered only a minor injury, you can do more damage to the joint by ignoring the pain or treating it simply with over-the-counter pain medications.

What’s Causing My Knee Pain?

With multiple parts in the knee joint, an injury or ailment delivers pain in a specific location within the joint. You can experience knee pain behind the knee, in front of the knee or on either side of the joint. Where the pain is located provides your doctor with clues as to the underlying cause. Common causes of knee pain include:

If you have rheumatoid arthritis, you may also suffer from hip pain and back pain. Your spine doctor at the Spine & Rehab Group examines your medical history and carries out tests to identify the cause of the pain. An accurate diagnosis is the first step toward effective treatment for knee pain. Your doctor then creates a personalized treatment plan.

Am I at Risk of Knee Pain?

While knee pain occurs mostly due to age and injuries, some factors increase your risk of an incapacitating knee condition, including:

  • Obesity or being overweight
  • Poor muscle strength and flexibility
  • A previous knee injury
  • Some occupations and sports that put a lot of stress on your knees

Since knee injuries and ailments cause pain and limited mobility, your doctor may recommend lifestyle changes if you fall under these risk factors. Follow your doctor’s instructions to ensure a lasting solution to your pain.

What’s the Best Treatment for Knee Pain?

Causing Knee Pain

Treatment for knee pain depends on your diagnosis. Your doctor may recommend lifestyle changes along with your treatment options that include:

  • Ice and heat treatment
  • Rest
  • Medications to help relieve pain
  • Medication to treat the conditions causing your knee pain
  • Physical therapy to strengthen your knee
  • Alternative treatments, such as acupuncture and medical massage
  • Knee injections with a corticosteroid, hyaluronic acid or platelet-rich plasma (PRP)
  • Arthroscopic surgery, partial knee replacement surgery or total knee replacement, as a last resort

Knee pain affects your life and lifestyle. With individualized knee pain treatment by your doctors at the Spine & Rehab Group, you can get back to your normal life. Contact the team at the nearest location to restore your knee’s function and return to a pain-free life.

Page Updated on Nov 16, 2021 by Dr. Hosny (Interventional Spine Specialist) of The Spine & Rehab Group
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