If you’re at a healthy weight, your knees absorb one and a half times your body weight with every step you take, and that pressure increases with high-impact exercises like jogging. Being overweight puts additional stress on the knees, so it’s no wonder that many people suffer from debilitating knee pain. The team at Regenesys Physical Medicine in Frisco, Texas, offers expert diagnosis and treatment for various causes of knee pain, including osteoarthritis, meniscal tears, and sports injuries like sprains. If knee pain is disrupting your life, call our office or book an appointment online today.
Knee Pain Relief Q&A
What causes knee pain?
Osteoarthritis is one of the most common causes of knee pain. This chronic, degenerative joint disease causes pain, stiffness, and mobility issues for millions of Americans. However, knee symptoms may also be caused by joint injuries. Ligament injuries, such as ACL tears, are common in athletes and can lead to joint pain.
Other causes of knee pain include:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Meniscal tears
Misalignments of the pelvis and lower back can contribute to both pain and instability in the knee. Additionally, instability in the knee can cause muscle pain in your thighs and legs due to the many muscular attachments at the knee joint.
How is the cause of knee pain diagnosed?
The team at Regenesys Physical Medicine uses comprehensive physical exams and diagnostic tests to identify the cause of your knee pain. In addition to physically examining your knee, our provider team may guide you through some gentle movements and stretches to gauge your pain and mobility. You’ll need to describe your pain, any other symptoms, and your lifestyle to give them a detailed understanding of your knee issues.
For example, our provider team will need to know if you suffer from a constant ache or if you have a sharp, shooting pain when you move your knee. They’ll want to know if anything makes your pain more intense or if it subsides with use.
Our provider team may also use X-rays, MRIs, or other diagnostic tests to examine the inside of your knee to identify signs of injury or degenerative conditions, such as arthritis.
What treatments provide relief from knee pain?
Regenesys Physical Medicine offers customized treatment plans to provide effective knee pain relief. Your treatment plan is designed to address your specific condition, relieve your symptoms, and enhance your overall wellness.
Some of the procedures used for knee pain relief include:
- Functional rehabilitation
- Medical massage therapy
- Chiropractic care
- Knee bracing (DME)
Our provider team may also recommend lifestyle adjustments. Losing weight reduces the pressure on your knees can alleviate joint pain. Adding regular exercise to your daily routine has the added benefit of increasing the strength and flexibility in the muscles that support your knee, which can also relieve your discomfort.
As a result of the comprehensive, individualized treatment approach that Regenesys employs, many of our patients are able to avoid painful and costly surgeries, including total knee replacements. If you are ready to live your life free of knee pain, call Regenesys Physical Medicine at (972) 712-5556 or make an appointment online today.