What are some common causes of knee pain?
Pain in one or both of your knees might originate from an injury to the soft tissue, bone, or cartilage. It can also come from degenerative disease or general wear and tear in the region. You use your knees for standing, walking, and jumping, so knee injuries and pain aren’t uncommon.
A few possible causes of knee pain are:
- Ligament or muscle strains
- Tendinitis (inflamed tendons)
- Bursitis (inflamed bursae)
- Torn cartilage
- Patellar fracture (broken kneecap)
- Rheumatoid arthritis
Knee pain can happen at any age, and you might not be able to identify the cause immediately. At Restore Osteo of Colorado, you receive an evaluation of your knee or knees to find the source of your discomfort. The information from your initial exam helps plan a successful treatment.
When should I visit a doctor for knee pain?
Not all knee pain lasts for a long time or is severe enough to require treatment. You should consider seeking treatment at Restore Osteo of Colorado if:
- Your knee is swollen
- You have persistent pain for days or longer
- You can’t stand up
- You have trouble walking
- Your leg doesn’t flex or extend completely
- You get a fever
Sometimes, knee pain comes with additional symptoms like popping or cracking with movement or muscle weakness. Symptoms like these can help the team at Restore Osteo of Colorado make an accurate diagnosis, so you should mention them during your evaluation.
“Great location. Their team knows there stuff and my left knee joint pain has completely disappeared. Everything they do is completely non-surgical and non-invasive. I would recommend them to other people suffering from knee pain who don’t want to resort to surgery.”
Owen M. – 2021
How is knee pain treated?
The Restore Osteo of Colorado team shares a common goal of helping you restore or maintain the strength, comfort, and flexibility of your knee. For pain treatment, they often use their Advanced Arthritis Relief Protocol (AARP), a Medicare-preferred alternative to knee replacement surgery. Your treatment plan might involve:
Viscosupplementation, or fluoroscopy/Genvisc 850 intra-articular guided knee injections, is a less invasive treatment alternative to knee replacement surgery. During the procedure, your provider injects your knee with a thick substance called hyaluronate. Hyaluronate helps lubricate the joint for better mobility and less pain.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections
Your provider processes a sample of your blood to create PRP, an injectable substance containing liquid blood plasma and platelets, which help your blood clot and aid in healing with growth factors. PRP injections help reduce inflammation and promote faster healing.
Wharton’s jelly application
Tissue supplementation allografts from a healthy donor umbilical cord contains a high concentration of growth factors.
Physical therapy and bracing
For ongoing support, the team at Restore Osteo of Colorado may recommend physical therapy and bracing after or in combination with injection treatments.
If you have persistent or intense knee pain, don’t hesitate to call Restore Osteo of Colorado for treatment or book an appointment online today.