Effective Treatment and Relief of Pain for Knee Injuries
Many conditions can affect the knee. The following conditions are the most common which we see. Depending on the extent of injury or damage, each of these conditions can be effectively treated with our program.
The meniscus of the knee is a rubbery tissue that is found between the bones of the knee. There are two menisci known as the medial meniscus and the lateral meniscus. They act as shock absorbers for the knee. Meniscus tears can occur when the knee twists as often occurs with sporting events. Tears can also occur from normal wear and tear known as degenerative aging of the menisci. So as individuals age and degeneration occurs in the meniscus, it is prone to tearing even from minimal turning or twisting of the knee joint. The main symptom of a meniscus tear is pain and swelling. Pain at the inside of the knee can mean there is a tear to the medial meniscus. Pain at the outer side of the affected knee may mean there is a tear to the lateral meniscus. Physical examination, ultrasound and MRI are used to assist in making the diagnosis.
Your knee contains many ligaments that stabilize the joint. The main four ligaments of the knee include the anterior cruciate ( ACL), posterior cruciate ligaments (PCL), medial collateral (MCL) and lateral collateral (LCL) ligament. These ligaments prevent excessive sideways, forward and backward movements of the bones of the knee.
Any twisting, bending or quick movements from one direction to another can cause injury to any or all of these ligaments from a basic sprain to tearing of the ligaments.
Pain and swelling are usually the presenting symptoms with knee ligament injuries but do depend on the specific ligaments which are injured. Physical examination, ultrasound and MRI are used to assist in making the diagnosis.
This term is used to describe pain in the front of the knee. Patellofemoral pain syndrome most commonly occurs in teenagers, manual laborers, and athletes. It may be caused by overuse, being overweight, improper aligned kneecap following injury, or changes in the cartilage under the kneecap. Symptoms can include pain in the front of the knee especially when bending the knee and popping or grinding sensation with walking or moving the knee.
The knee joint may be affected by arthritis. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition that usually occurs with aging. The pain of arthritis is commonly related to activity of the joint and is worse at the end of the day or after periods of activity. Over time the pain can occur even at rest. Additionally, morning stiffness is common along with decreased range of motion of the joint.
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