If knee pain is derailing your active lifestyle or even your daily activities, then you’re not alone. About 18 million patients visit a doctor or hospital each year due to knee pain. Knee pain can make even the simplest tasks, like walking, going up or down stairs, or even getting in and out of a car excruciatingly painful. If you’re having chronic knee pain or swollen joints, then anti-inflammatories and home remedies may not be enough. Patients are seeking alternative treatments including stem cell based treatments, regenerative therapies and injections to help manage symptoms and improve function. Non- surgical options help many patients manage their pain, and expedite recovery from injury.
What is Knee Pain?
The knee is the largest joint in the body, and the cartilage in your knee acts as a cushion and gliding surface, keeping the bones and joints from rubbing together. However, once that cartilage breaks down from degenerative conditions or an injury then each step can become painful. There are numerous structures integrally involved in the use and functionality of the knee joints. If any of the structures are injured or damaged, it effects the functionality of the joint, and caused pain. For some athletes, this results in having to refrain from training, or possibly giving up their sport. For others, it results in the pain and the inability to ambulate or get around without assistance.
Knee Pain Causes
Knee Pain can be caused by a sudden injury, an overuse injury – such as running – or by an underlying condition, such as arthritis. Symptoms of knee injuries can include pain, stiffness and swelling. Regardless of where your knee pain originated from, don’t let it derail your active lifestyle.
Other causes of knee pain include:
- Sports injuries to the ACL (anterior cruciate ligament), MCL (medial collateral ligament) or Meniscus
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Baker’s cyst
- Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS)
Knee Pain Symptoms
People who have knee pain report feeling stiffness, limping – or not being able to put their full weight on their damaged knee, and decreased knee mobility. The symptoms can vary;however, some common knee pain symptoms include:
- Swelling and stiffness
- Redness and warmth to the touch
- Instability or weakness
- Hearing the joint “pop” or “crunch”
- Inability to straighten the knee fully
The Treatment of knee pain in Edison NJ
Currently, the most common treatment for knee pain is anti-inflammatory medications and steroid injections, joint lubricant injections or in extreme cases partial or total knee replacement surgery, which can take weeks of therapy to recover from. However, regenerative medicine is an emerging field, which offers non-surgical options including PRP, stem cell based therapies, Exosomes, and shock wave therapy/acoustic wave therapy (EPAT) to overcome pain and injuries.