What causes my knee pain?
There are ten common causes of knee pain which can range from a ligament tear to tendonitis. Dr. DeMers and the Restore team will conduct a comprehensive exam of your symptoms and pain in order to assess what the root cause of your knee pain may be.
Dr. DeMers may also run diagnostic tests, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and other advanced imaging studies, to further determine what may be causing your symptoms.
Common causes of knee pain include:
- Ligamentous injuries, such as an ACL tear
- Iliotibial band syndrome
- Cartilage injuries, such as a torn meniscus
- Dislocated Kneecap
What other symptoms might indicate a problem with my knee?
You may notice other symptoms of knee problems that may or may not coincide with pain:
- Swelling and stiffness
- Redness and warmth in the knee area
- Weakness or instability in your knee
- Popping or crunching noises when you move your knee
- Inability to fully straighten your knee
- Stiffness in the morning that decreases throughout the day
If you experience any of these additional symptoms besides just pain, please contact the Restore team to help you assess what is going on with your knee.
What can I do to help improve my knee pain?
If you are experiencing knee pain, the Restore team will give you a protocol to follow once initial treatment is complete. We may also recommend you work with a physical therapist post-treatment to build muscle and flexibility in order to return to normal activity levels.
If you have experienced an acute injury, we recommend following the P.R.I.C.E. protocol used in sports medicine:
P: Protect the knee to prevent further injury. Stop the activity you were doing and take weight off of your knee. Using support such as crutches to walk and a brace to help stabilize can also help in protecting the knee.
R: Rest the knee to allow for healing. Avoid activities that continue to cause pain. Gentle, pain-free motion to contract muscles surrounding an injury have been shown to speed recovery.
I: Ice can reduce swelling and pain in acute knee injuries. Cycles of 10 to 15 minutes on and 1 to 2 hours off over the course of 72 hours will help.
C: Compression is the application of external pressure to the injured tissue. You can use a compression wrap, such as an elastic bandage to minimize swelling and provide mild support.
E: Elevation of the knee is recommended to help reduce the pooling of fluid and control swelling. Position your injured knee above the level of the heart as much as possible.
How do you treat knee pain?
Treatment depends on the nature and scope of your knee injury. The Restore team will build a program individualized to your needs. This may include:
- Guided physical therapy exercise to improve flexibility and strengthen the muscles surrounding your knee
- Regenerative therapy with injections that may include your own stem cells, platelet-rich plasma (PRP), and other natural substances that promote and enhance the healing of damaged tissue
- Minimally invasive surgery (arthroscopy), along with regenerative sports medicine techniques designed to repair tendon damage and restore mobility